World Cup final full of Golden Ball candidates
Leading World Cup scorers Wesley Sneijder of the Netherlands and David Villa of Spain headline the list of FIFA's 10 nominees for the World Cup Golden Ball award.
FIFA announced the list Friday selected by its technical study group.
Sneijder and Villa have each scored five goals and will go head-to-head in Sunday's final at Johannesburg's Soccer City (CBC, CBCSports.ca, 12:30 p.m. ET).
They are each joined by teammates on the list: Arjen Robben of the Netherlands, and Xavi Hernandez and Andres Iniesta of Spain.
Also nominated were Diego Forlan of Uruguay, Asamoah Gyan of Ghana, Lionel Messi of Argentina, Mesut Oezil of Germany, and Bastian Schweinsteiger of Germany.
Media members will vote to determine the tournament's best player after the final, with silver and bronze balls also to be handed out.
Previous winners include Ronaldo of Brazil (1998), Oliver Kahn of Germany (2002) and Zinedine Zidane of France (2006).