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Bender makes Ballon d'Or trip

January 8, 2011
By ESPNsoccernet staff
Colchester United youngster Tom Bender will be a guest of FIFA at the 2011 Balon d'Or ceremony on Monday after being the only player from 20,000 polled to match the official team of 2010.

Bender, a 17-year-old defender on the books of the League One club, will meet the World XI at the ceremony, when he will rub shoulders with World Player of the Year nominees Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta and Xavi.

A player who made his debut last season as a 16-year-old against Hartlepool United, ...

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