Messi among 23 candidates for world player award
ZURICH -- Lionel Messi is in the running for a fourth consecutive FIFA world player of the year award.
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.
The leading three candidates will be announced Nov. 29 in Brazil. The winner will be announced Jan. 7 in Zurich.
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