Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Robert Lewandowski nominated for Ballon d’Or

Ballon d’Or nominee list is ‘LEAKED’: FIVE Chelsea stars, four from Man City, two United and just one from Liverpool make the 30-man cut for football’s top individual award, but Lionel Messi is favourite!

The Premier League dominates the 30-man shortlist for this year’s Ballon d’Or as no fewer than 14 stars from England’s top flight vie for football’s most prestigious prize.  

The award – given to the year’s best footballer – was cancelled last year owing to the coronavirus pandemic.

Paris Saint-Germain’s Lionel Messi won the men’s award in 2019, seeing off Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk and Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo to the prize, the sixth time he has won the Ballon d’Or. 

The 30-man shortlist for the Ballon d’Or is being unveiled. The award was canned in 2020

Ballon d’Or shortlist

Cesar Azpilicueta, Barella, Benzema, Bonucci, de Bruyne, Chiellini, C.Ronaldo, Dias, Donnarumma, B.Fernandes, Foden, Haaland, Jorginho, Kane, Kanté, Kjaer, Lewandowski, Lukaku, Mahrez, L.Martinez, Mbappé, Messi, Modric, Moreno Mount, Neymar, Pedri, Salah, Sterling, Suarez

France Football – who organise the event – are moments away from revealing their 30-man shortlist, although Get French Football News has leaked the nominees on Twitter. 

Eleven players from the Premier League have been nominated, according to the leak.  

They include: Cesar Azpilicueta, Kevin de Bruyne, Cristiano Ronaldo, Ruben Dias, Phil Foden, Bruno Fernandes, Jorginho, Harry Kane, N’Golo Kante, Romelu Lukaku and Riyad Mahrez. 

Nicolas Barella, Leonardo Bonucci, Giorgio Chiellini, Simon Kjaer and Lautaro Martinez all represent Serie A on the list. 

Paris Saint-Germain enjoyed a strong summer transfer window and two of their newest recruits make the shortlist, including Messi, Gianluigi Donnarumma, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.

Three players represent LaLiga in Karim Benzema, Luka Modric and Gerard Moreno, while Robert Lewandowski and Erling Haaland are the only Bundesliga stars to feature. 

The 10-player shortlist for the Kopa Trophy – awarded to the best male player under the age of 21 – has also been unveiled, with three England stars featuring.

Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka, Manchester United’s Mason Greenwood and Borussia Dortmund’s Jude Bellingham have been named.  

Elsewhere, Megan Rapinoe – who won the women’s Ballon d’Or two years ago – missed out on the 20-woman shortlist for this year’s prize, while Lionesses Ellen White and Fran Kirby were nominated. 

More to follow… 

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