Ronaldo, Messi, Neymar headline 30-man Ballon d'Or shortlist announced on Monday

Cristiano Ronaldo is the favourite as France Football announces Ballon d'Or's shortlist, with Lionel Messi and Neymar the other headline names among the 30-man list of nominees.

Sport360 staff
by Sport360 staff
9th October 2017

article:9th October 2017

The 30-man shortlist for this year’s Ballon d’Or was announced on Monday, with Neymar, Lionel Messi, and Cristiano Ronaldo headlining the list.

France Football, which adjudicates the award, has staggered the nominees throughout the day, with 15 being revealed in the afternoon on Monday and the other 15 being announced later in the day.


Ronaldo is the favourite to win the award, after his 10 goals across the quarter-finals, semi-finals, and final of last season’s Champions League which led Real Madrid to an historic back-to-back triumph.

Messi has had yet another stellar season, but Barcelona’s inability to win either La Liga or the Champions League will likely go against him.

This year is likely too early for Neymar to truly contend, although he’s elevated himself to the “best of the rest” status behind Ronaldo and Messi.

Harry Kane was nominated for the prestigious award for the first time. The Tottenham striker has been the subject of a fierce debate over whether or not he can be termed “world-class”, and his inclusion in the list of the top 30 players in the world certainly strengthens his case.


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Ronaldo, Messi, Neymar headline 30-man Ballon d’Or shortlist announced on Monday

Cristiano Ronaldo is the favourite as France Football announces Ballon d'Or's shortlist, with Lionel Messi and Neymar the other headline names among the 30-man list of nominees.

Harry Kane, Tottenham/England

Harry Kane, Tottenham/England

Philippe Coutinho, Liverpool/Brazil

Philippe Coutinho, Liverpool/Brazil

Kevin de Bruyne, Manchester City/Belgium

Kevin de Bruyne, Manchester City/Belgium

David de Gea, Manchester United/Spain

David de Gea, Manchester United/Spain

Paulo Dybala, Juventus/Argentina

Paulo Dybala, Juventus/Argentina

Edin Dzeko, Roma/Bosnia-Herzegovina

Edin Dzeko, Roma/Bosnia-Herzegovina

N'Golo Kante, Chelsea/France

N'Golo Kante, Chelsea/France

Robert Lewandowski, Bayern Munich/Poland

Robert Lewandowski, Bayern Munich/Poland

Marcelo, Real Madrid/Brazil

Marcelo, Real Madrid/Brazil

Dries Mertens, Napoli/Belgium

Dries Mertens, Napoli/Belgium

Luka Modric, Real Madrid/Croatia

Luka Modric, Real Madrid/Croatia

Neymar, PSG/Brazil

Neymar, PSG/Brazil

Jan Oblak, Atletico Madrid/Slovenia

Jan Oblak, Atletico Madrid/Slovenia

Sergio Ramos, Real Madrid/Spain

Sergio Ramos, Real Madrid/Spain

Luis Suarez, Barcelona/Uruguay

Luis Suarez, Barcelona/Uruguay