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Ballon d’Or shortlist announced

The list of nominees for the prestigious award has been announced throughout the day.

France Football, the publication that awards the trophy has already announced the 30 names on the shortlist for this year’s award. The Ballon d’Or trophy was previously affiliated with FIFA, for the period 2010 to 2015, but since then, it has returned to the French publication.

For the past nine years, either Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo have picked up the trophy. Ronaldo won his fourth Ballon d’Or last year and therefore moved just one behind Messi. The odds are favouring the Portuguese to equal the record of Messi and win his fifth this year.

After FIFA and France Football ended their collaboration in 2015, the trophy is now awarded based solely on the votes of a panel of journalists, who will have to choose between the 30 finalists.

The 30 names shortlisted for the Ballon d’Or 2017 are:

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Borussia Dortmund)
Karim Benzema (Real Madrid)
Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus)
Edinson Cavani (PSG)
Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool)
Kevin De Bruyne (Man City)
David de Gea (Man Utd)
Paulo Dybala (Juventus)
Edin Dzeko (Roma)
Radamel Falcao (Monaco)
Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid)
Mats Hummels (Bayern Munich)
Harry Kane (Tottenham)
N’Golo Kante (Chelsea)
Toni Kroos (Real Madrid)
Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich)
Sadio Mane (Liverpool)
Marcelo (Real Madrid)
Dries Mertens (Napoli)
Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
Luka Modric (Real Madrid)
Neymar (PSG)
Jan Oblak (Atletico Madrid)
Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid)
Luis Suarez (Barcelona)
Eden Hazard (Chelsea)
Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)
Leonardo Bonucci (AC Milan)
Kylian Mbappe (PSG)
Isco (Real Madrid)