With the winner set to be announced on the 3rd of December, France Football has revealed the 30-man shortlist of Ballon d’Or nominees. The list contains some very usual names which we see every year, alongside some names which stunned the fans.
The last ten awards have been shared between Juventus’ striker Cristiano Ronaldo and Barcelona’s striker Lionel Messi. However, with the recent victory of Croatia’s Luka Modric, the fans are hoping for a new player come this December.
Between 2010 and 2015, it was unified with FIFA’s World Player of the Year award. Since then, the French football has made it into two separate awards. One still remained as the Ballon d’Or, while the other became the Best awards.
Who would walk away with the award:
BREAKING: The 30-man shortlist for the Ballon D'or has been confirmed.
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While people’s popular opinion suggested that Mohamed Salah was running with the votes, it seems to be not certain at this point.
It is widely expected that Cristiano Ronaldo would run away with his third consecutive awards, as Luka Modric and Lionel Messi fight for the other two places.
Alongside Ronaldo, also included in the list were Real Madrid’s strikers Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale. The inclusion of the duo made a huge mess on the social media, as people struggled to understand the inclusion of the French striker.
Sergio Aguero and Kevin de Bruyne became the only two stars that represented the English club Manchester City in the shortlist. Kevin De Bruyne won the playmaker award of the year in the previous season with the English champions.
Salah or Kante?
Liverpool’s deadly trio of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, and Sadio Mane are nominated for the awards alongside the newcomer Alisson. PSG’s trio of Neymar, Edinson Cavani, and Kylian Mbappe are nominated for the awards as well.
Chelsea’s duo of Eden Hazard and N’Golo Kante are shortlisted for the awards as Paul Pogba represents Manchester United. Hugo Lloris and Harry Kane too make the list from Tottenham Hotspur. Antoine Griezmann of Atletico Madrid too made it to the shortlist after his stint with France in the World Cup.