France Football is revealing the 30-man shortlist of Ballon d’Or nominees throughout Monday, with the winner set to be announced in Paris on December 3.
The last ten awards have been split evenly between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, but with Luka Modric recently honoured at the FIFA Best Awards, this could be the year that sees a changing of the guard.
The Ballon d’Or has a complicated heritage. Between 2010 and 2015, it was unified with FIFA’s World Player of the Year award to form one award, the FIFA Ballon d’Or. FIFA ended that association in 2016 to form the Best Awards.
However, the history of the Ballon d’Or means that it is still regarded as the most prestigious individual award a footballer can receive.
English champions Manchester City are represented by Sergio Aguero, who became the first player ever to reach 200 goals for the club earlier this year, and Kevin De Bruyne, who won the Playmaker Award for the most assists in the Premier League last season.
Liverpool also have two players on the shortlist so far, with Alisson Becker and Roberto Firmino both making the cut, and the Chelsea pair of Eden Hazard and N’Golo Kante have been named among the 30 as well.
Kante’s fellow World Cup winner Antoine Griezmann is one of two Atletico Madrid players shortlisted so far, while Harry Kane gets nominated after becoming the first Englishman to win the World Cup golden boot since 1986.
Paris Saint-Germain forward Edinson Cavani and Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois are among the other nominees.
The rest will continue to be revealed throughout the day. Continue to check back for regular updates…
|Sergio Aguero||Argentina||Manchester City|
|Gareth Bale||Wales||Real Madrid|
|Karim Benzema||France||Real Madrid|
|Edinson Cavani||Uruguay||Paris Saint-Germain|
|Thibaut Courtois||Belgium||Real Madrid|
|Kevin De Bruyne||Belgium||Manchester City|
|Diego Godin||Uruguay||Atletico Madrid|
|Antoine Griezmann||France||Atletico Madrid|