The Bayern Munich star is keen to add some more silverware to his trophy cabinet, while the Portugal ace is desperate to dethrone his Argentine rivalWHAT HAVE THE THREE CANDIDATES ACHIEVED?
Franck Ribery was arguably the most successful of the three as he guided Bayern Munich to a historic treble in 2013, only to then go on and win the European Supercup and help France qualify for next year's World Cup.
Cristiano Ronaldo endured a rare trophyless season, but that didn't stop the Portugal international from shining individually as he banged in the goals in all competitions, helping his country to the World Cup with a sensational hat-trick against Sweden.
Lionel Messi enjoyed yet another impressive season with Barcelona as his goals helped the Catalans to the Liga title and the Spanish Supercup. The Argentine might have missed the last few months of the year due to injury, but had a fine 2013 nonetheless.
WHEN WILL THE WINNER BE ANNOUNCED?
The winner of the award will be revealed at the Fifa Ballon d’Or gala as part of a televised show at the Zurich Kongresshaus on 13 January 2014.