Neymar, Coutinho, Dybala lead Nominations for 2017 Ballon d’Or
The first set of nominees for the 2017 Ballon d’Or award have been released with the likes of Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar, Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho and Paulo Dybala of Juventus headlining the list.
Following an adjustment to the rules last year, France Football, owners of the Ballon d’Or, will drop the full 30-man list in batches of five across the day.
Also on the list are Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante, Dries Mertens of Napoli and Real Madrid trio of Marcelo, Luka Modric and Sergio Ramos.
Completing the first 10 are Barcelona striker Luis Suarez and Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak.
Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo comes in as huge favourite for a fifth ballon d’Or crown after his starring role in Los Blancos’ European Cup and La Liga double last season.
He’ll be challenged for the prestigious award once again by his bête noire, Barcelona’s Lionel Messi – who presently has a record five gongs.
Portugal captain Ronaldo already won the Uefa Best Player Award in August and will match Messi’s tally if he’s named the winner next month.
UPDATE on Nominations for 2017 Ballon d’Or
The next 10 nominees for the 2017 Ballon d’Or France Football are: Kevin De Bruyne, Robert Lewandowski, David De Gea, Harry Kane, Edin Džeko.
The above are joined by: Radamel Falcao, Toni Kroos, Antoine Griezman, Gianluigi Buffon and Sadio Mane.
Also joining the Ballon d’Or list are Lionel Messi, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Karim Benzema, Edinson Cavani and Mats Hummels.