HAZARD ON SHORTLIST FOR WORLD'S BEST
Eden Hazard is one of the players nominated for this year's FIFA Ballon d'Or award.
A 23-man shortlist was announced today (Tuesday) for the accolade which is given to the world player of the year, as voted by the managers and captains of each national team plus a panel of international journalists.
Hazard is one of five current Barclays Premier League players in the shortlist, and at 22 is one of the youngest players named.
The prestigious award was formed in 2010 by the amalgamation of the long-running Ballon d'Or for the best footballer playing in Europe and FIFA's World Player of the Year.
It is currently held by Lionel Messi with the new winner to be announced on 13 January in Zurich.
A list of 10 managers for the FIFA Coach of the Year award has also been announced with both Chelsea managers during 2013, Jose Mourinho and Rafael Benitez named.
Carlo Ancelotti and Luiz Felipe Scolari are also on that list with Arjen Robben the one former Chelsea man on the player list.
No one won the old Ballon d'Or award as a Chelsea player, but former Blues Andriy Shevchenko (2004), George Weah (1995) and Ruud Gullit (1987) were all winners while with AC Milan.
Frank Lampard has the best showing by a player while at Chelsea. He finished second in 2005. Drogba was fourth in the 2007 awards. The award was initiated in 1956 when Stanley Matthews was the first winner.
The FIFA World Player began in 1991 with the best past placing of a Chelsea player also coming in 2005 when Lampard finished second. In 2007 Drogba was fourth.
Last week, Chelsea Ladies' Yuki Ogimi was named on the shortlist for the FIFA Women's World Player of the Year award.
The 2013 FIFA Ballon d'Or shortlist
Gareth Bale (Real Madrid/Wales), Edinson Cavani (Paris St Germain/Uruguay), Radamel Falcao (Monaco/Colombia), Eden Hazard (Chelsea/Belgium), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Paris St Germain/Sweden), Andres Iniesta (Barcelona/Spain), Philipp Lahm (Bayern Munich/Germany), Robert Lewandowski (Borussia Dortmund/Poland), Lionel Messi (Barcelona/Argentina), Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich/Germany), Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich/Germany), Neymar (Barcelona/Brazil), Mesut Ozil (Arsenal/Germany), Andrea Pirlo (Juventus/Italy), Franck Ribery (Bayern Munich/France), Arjen Robben (Bayern Munich/Netherlands), Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid/Portugal), Bastian Schweinsteiger (Bayern Munich/Germany), Luis Suarez (Liverpool/Uruguay), Thiago Silva (Paris St Germain/Brazil), Yaya Toure (Manchester City/Ivory Coast), Robin van Persie (Manchester United/Netherlands), Xavi (Barcelona/Spain).
Coach of the Year shortlist
Carlo Ancelotti (Real Madrid/ex-Paris St Germain), Rafael Benitez (Napoli/ex-Chelsea), Antonio Conte (Juventus), Vicente del Bosque (Spain), Sir Alex Ferguson (ex-Manchester United), Jupp Heynckes (ex-Bayern Munich), Jurgen Klopp (Borussia Dortmund), Jose Mourinho (Chelsea/ex-Real Madrid), Luiz Felipe Scolari (Brazil), Arsene Wenger (Arsenal).