FIFA World Player Gala 2009


The FIFA World Player Gala 2009 takes place in Zurich, Switzerland tonight (20:00 CET).

Barcelona and Argentina forward Lionel Messi is among the five male candidates for the prestigious award which include Andres Iniesta, Xavi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Kaka.

Messi, 22, is the favorite to win the award after helping Barca to six titles in 2009. He was awarded the Ballon d’Or for the European Player of the Year earlier this month, winning the prize by the biggest percentage of votes since it was created in 1956.

Although the Argentine is widely anticipated to win the trophy, Iniesta wished to dedicate the honor to the fans of the team who have always been there to support.

UPDATE: Messi became the first Argentine to win the FIFA World Player of the Year award. The prize, introduced in 1991, is voted by the coaches and captains of the national teams.