Zinedine Zidane,Steven Gerrard, Wayne Rooney and Frank Lampard are among those nominated for this year's FIFA World Player of the Year award.
There are 6 Chelsea players in the longish shortlist and some of the World Cup finalists featured are Italians Gianluigi Buffon, Fabio Cannavaro, Gennaro Gattuso, Alessandro Nesta and Andrea Pirlo , French players Thierry Henry, Franck Ribery, Lilian Thuram, Patrick Vieira and Zinedine Zidane and Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo .
Soccer's world governing body will announce the three male and three female players with the most votes in early December. The winners then will be chosen from those finalists and presented with the awards at the 16th FIFA World Player Gala on Dec. 18, at the Zurich Opera House.
FIFA will also present the Presidential Award and the Fair Play Award for 2006 at the gala.