Ballon d’Or nominations: Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema, Lionel Messi, Thibaut Courtois, Eden Hazard, Diego Costa, Angel di Maria, Yaya Toure, Mario Gotze, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Andres Iniesta, Toni Kroos, Philipp Lahm, Javier Mascherano, Thomas Muller, Manuel Neuer, Neymar, Paul Pogba, Sergio Ramos, Arjen Robben, James Rodriguez, Bastian Schweinsteiger
Coach of the Year nomination: Jose Mourinho, Louis van Gaal, Carlo Ancelotti, Antonio Conte, Pep Guardiola, Jurgen Klinsmann, Joachim Low, Manuel Pellegrini, Alejandro Sabella, Diego Simeone
If FIFA had their way, no one but Messi would win it. It's good for image and promotion. Yet I don't see how they can while he is cheating Spain out of taxes.
The award is weird anyway and should not take into account team competitions, it should be done on stats only so it would include all players from all leagues. Yes, sure a player might not be earning as much as Ronaldo and may only be playing in the French Division 2 but if they scored 15 more than anyone else in the league, set up more than anyone else and were easily the best player in that league, they should get a shout at this.
Positions shouldn't matter either, sadly I think the keepers even defenders will never get a shout at winning this because it's highly favoured in attacking players favour.
... right rant over.
Good luck to the only British player on the list (only because he's playing in Spain) and the only UK based player on the list that earned this nomination from his time in the Premier League, Hazard. I somehow don't think Di Maria will be on the list next year. :P