Monday, October 09, 2017

France Football announces 30 man nominees for the 2017 Ballon d'Or award.

Portugal and Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo is expected to retain his Balon 'd or award as he and twenty nine others were shortlisted by France Football for the yearly football award.

Ronaldo is expected to equal Barcelona star Lionel Messi, after helping Real Madrid win LaLiga and become the first side to successfully defend the Uefa Champions League.

He is joined by six of his fellow Madrid team-mates, making the European champions the highest represented club in the nominees.

In total the Spanish La Liga accounts for more than a third of the shortlist with 11 of the players plying their trade in Spain's top flight.

The Premier League is next with (7), followed by Serie A (5), Ligue 1 (4) and the Bundesliga (3).

The 30-man Ballon d'Or shortlist in full:
Neymar (Paris Saint-Germain)
Luka Modric (Real Madrid)
Paulo Dybala (Juventus)
Marcelo (Real Madrid)
N'Golo Kante (Chelsea)
Luis Suarez (Barcelona)
Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid)
Jan Oblak (Atletico Madrid)
Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool)
Dries Mertens (Napoli)
Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City)
Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich)
David de Gea (Manchester United)
Harry Kane (Tottenham)
Edin Dzeko (Roma)
Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid)
Toni Kroos (Real Madrid)
Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus)
Sadio Mane (Liverpool)
Radamel Falcao (Monaco)
Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Borussia Dortmund)
Edinson Cavani (Paris Saint-Germain)
Mats Hummels (Bayern Munich)
Karim Benzema (Real Madrid)
Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)
Eden Hazard (Chelsea)
Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus)
Isco (Real Madrid)
Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain)

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