ESPN Classic supports Golden Foot Awards
On October 11, football's elite will gather at the 2010 Golden Foot awards ceremony in Monte Carlo to celebrate the careers of some of the sport's greatest long-standing heroes.
In association with ESPN Classic, and ESPNsoccernet, these accolades for a select band of unique footballers honour the players who can boast spectacular lifelong achievements.
The 2010 nominees are:
• David Beckham (England)
• Gianluigi Buffon (Italy)
• Didier Drogba (Ivory Coast)
• Samuel Eto'o (Cameroon)
• Steven Gerrard (England)
• Ryan Giggs (Wales)
• Carles Puyol (Spain)
• Raúl González Blanco (Spain)
• Clarence Seedorf (Netherlands)
• Francesco Totti (Italy)
ESPN is set to be an official partner for the 2009 Golden Foot awards which are hosted annually by H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco. The ten nominees are chosen by a panel of international journalists based on the criteria that they are at least 29 years of age and still playing. They must have great technical skills, uprightness and fairplay, popularity and international reputation with a successful career and credible personal achievements with club and country behind them. The ten contenders are then put to the fans' vote, as football enthusiasts from across the world have their say.