Ballon d’Or nominees announced

                     Ballon d’Or nominees announced

The award has been shared by only two people over the past nine years, with Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi having dominated professional football’s most prestigious individual award for close on a decade.

However, Brazil international Neymar has made waves of his own, although many pundits still believe it is Ronaldo who will clinch the award this year, which would take his total tally to five.

Meanwhile, Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante finds himself amongst esteemed company, alongside fellow Premier League player and Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho.

Real Madrid duo Marcelo and Luka Modric, as well as Paulo Dybala of Juventus, also make the nominations.

Messi and Ronaldo were among the names of the final two batches of players, while PSG teenage star Kylian Mbappe was also included on the list of nominees.

2017 Ballon d’Or nominees:

Luca Modrić
Paulo Dybala
N’Golo Kanté
Luis Suárez
Sergio Ramos
Jan Oblak
Philippe Coutinho
Dries Mertens
Kevin De Bruyne
Robert Lewandowski
David De Gea
Harry Kane
Edin Džeko
Antoine Griezmann
Toni Kroos
Radamel Falcao
Sadio Mane
Gianluigi Buffon
Lionel Messi
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
Mats Hummels
Edinson Cavani
Karim Benzema
Eden Hazard
Leonardo Bonucci
Kylian Mbappe
Cristiano Ronaldo

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