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:
Kevin De Bruyne
David De Gea