Monday, October 19, 2009

Gerrard and Torres shortliseted for Ballon d’Or award

Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres are both on the shortlist for the prestigious Ballon d’Or award, presented by a French football magazine.

The award, first presented to Blackpool’s Stanley Matthews, awards the best players in European football and is very highly regarded.

Last year Torres came third for the prize, behind Lionel Messi and then Manchester Utd forward Christiano Ronaldo.

Steven Gerrard came third in 2005 after leading Liverpool to European Cup glory in Istanbul.

In 2001 Michael Owen won the award after an impressive season with Liverpool including two goals against Arsenal in the FA Cup Final. He is to date Liverpool’s only ever winner of the Ballon d’Or.

Kenny Dalglish came second behind now UEFA President Michel Platini in 1983.

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