Leicester Duo In 30 Man Shortlist For The Ballon D’Or

Five time winner Lionel Messi and Barcelona team-mates Neymar and Luis Suarez are among 30-man shortlist announced by France Football for this year’s Ballon d’Or. Leicester pair Riya Mahrez and Jamie Vardy are also among the players up for the prize. Tottenham and France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris is included despite a season of near misses…

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Five time winner Lionel Messi and Barcelona team-mates Neymar and Luis Suarez are among 30-man shortlist announced by France Football for this year’s Ballon d’Or. Leicester pair Riya Mahrez and Jamie Vardy are also among the players up for the prize.

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Tottenham and France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris is included despite a season of near misses at club and international level last season, while Manchester United stopper David De Gea misses out.

His team-mates Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba feature, however, as does West Ham and France attacker Dimitri Payet.

The full list: Sergio Aguero (Man City), Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Borussia Dortmund), Gareth Bale (Real Madrid), Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Kevin De Bruyne (Man City), Paulo Dybala (Juventus), Diego Godin (Atletico Madrid), Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid), Gonzalo Higuain (Juventus), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Man United), Andres Iniesta (Barcelona), Koke (Atletico Madrid), Toni Kroos (Real Madrid), Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich), Hugo Lloris (Tottenham), Riya Mahrez (Leicester City), Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Luka Modric (Real Madrid), Thomas Mueller (Bayern Munich), Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Neymar (Barcelona), Dimitri Payet (West Ham), Pepe (Real Madrid), Paul Pogba (Man United), Rio Patricio (Sporting), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Luis Suarez (Barcelona), Jamie Vardy (Leicester City), Arturo Vidal (Bayern Munich).