The final of the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa will have more than the World Cup trophy at stake but one player could wrap up the new FIFA Balon D'Or trophy. That player could join a fellow countryman that played club football in Milan as a FIFA Player of the Year.
We are of course talking about Dutch #10 Wesley Sneijder, the Inter Milan playmaker that could join former AC Milan star Marco Van Basten as the only Dutchmen to win the FIFA Player of the Year award.
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Of course his coronation as FIFA P.O.Y. all comes down to his performance in the final versus Spain. At the club level, he was a massive part in Inter Milan's historic treble season. Let's be real, Sneijder was the playmaker that then coach Jose Mourinho needed to take his team to the UEFA Champions League winning level.
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The Special One won a UCL with Deco doing the playmaking with Porto but couldn't get a UCL trophy with Chelsea because he didn't have a true #10. Sneijder is a typical #10 creative playmaker and Mourinho gets his 2nd UCL winners' medal.
Back to Sneijder who needs to continue his magical play with a masterful and winning performance in the World Cup final to become the unanimous choice for the FIFA Balon D'Or. There are no other really serious competitors for the award, Lionel Messi was disappointing at this World Cup, Cristiano Ronaldo was a joke and had one goal against North Korea after Portugal was up 5-0, and Wayne Rooney was scoreless for an overrated England side.
Sneijder has a chance to win the Golden Boot of the World Cup which usually puts a player in the Top 3 of FIFA POY voting but being the #10 on the World Cup champion side virtually locks up the award. Wesley Sneijder has the opportunity on Sunday to lock up the FIFA Balon D'Or trophy as well as the greatest 2009-10 footballing season in history for an individual.