Messi is the favourite for the award after another remarkable year in which he is set to break Gurd Muller’s record for goals in a calendar year.
Andres Iniesta inspired Spain to a Euro 2012 win, whilst Ronaldo drove Real Madrid to a La Liga title.
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Since Guus Hiddink arrived at the helm, Chelsea have improved considerably after a tricky start to the campaign.
Newcastle United are staring down the barrel of relegation to the Championship for the second time in the past eight years.