Zinedine Zidane (a three-times winner), last year’s winner Ronaldinho and European Player of the year Fabio Cannavaro have been named as the three remaining candidates on the final shortlist for this year’s Fifa World Player of the Year award – which means France and Arsenal striker Thierry Henry has missed out again.
Henry was the only player to appear in the finals of both the Champions League and the World Cup last season, though he finished on the losing side both times.
The winner of the award will be revealed on 18 December. It is voted for by the coach and the captain of each of the 207 national teams, who each pick their top three players of the year.
Italy and Real Madrid defender Cannavaro picked up the Ballon D’Or award for European Footballer of the Year earlier this week.
Barcelona and Brazil forward Ronaldinho won the World award in each of the last two seasons and is one of the favourites again this year.
Zidane retired from playing football after the World Cup final last summer, though he was sent off in that match, which was not planned. He could win the award for a fourth time, following his recognition in 1998, 2000 and 2003.
The women’s award category sees Kristine Lilly (USA), Renate Lingor (Germany) and Marta (Brazil) shortlisted.