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Messi among 23 candidates for world player award

Updated: October 29, 2012, 1:30 PM ET
Associated Press

ZURICH -- Lionel Messi is in the running for a fourth consecutive FIFA world player of the year award.

Twenty-three candidates were announced Monday, and Messi was joined by Barcelona teammates Sergio Busquets, Andres Iniesta, Gerard Pique and Xavi Hernandez on the Ballon d'Or shortlist.

Seven players for Spain are in contention after the national team retained its European Championship title in July. Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney is again the only England player on the list.

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