The 2017 Ballon d’Or shortlist of 10 footballers has been released with a further 20 payers to be announced throughout Monday 9th October. Neymar and Luis Suarez have been confirmed but the favourite once again is Cristiano Ronaldo.
Ronaldo will be set to defend his crown for the prestigious award which is French for Golden Ball and which was initially distinct from FIFA’s World Player of the Year award but aligned with FIFA from 2010 to 2015, before once again becoming separate from FIFA in 2016.
Both Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have been consistent winners of the title for the past nine years and if the Real superstar is successful, he will match Messi’s five trophies.
Ronaldo’s win back in 2008 was during the time when he was playing for Manchester United in the Premier League.
Paris Saint-Germain and Brazil forward Neymar, currently the world’s most expensive footballer was one of the first five names that award organisers France Football revealed from the shortlist, followed by Real Madrid duo Luka Modric and Marcelo, Juventus forward Paulo Dybala and Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante.
It has been an eventful year for Neymar who has impressed for both his national team and Barcelona, before his world-record summer transfer to PSG.
The second Premier League footballer to be announced was Brazil and Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho, whose presence on the list is recognition for the improvement he has shown this last year.
Below is the shortlist thus far with the next announcement due at 17:50 (CET) and further confirmation of nominees coming at 18:35 and 19:15.
Ballon d’Or 2017 shortlist so far:
- Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool)
- Paulo Dybala (Juventus)
- N’Golo Kante (Chelsea)
- Marcelo (Real Madrid)
- Dries Mertens (Napoli)
- Luka Modric (Real Madrid)
- Neymar (PSG)
- Jan Oblak (Atletico Madrid)
- Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid)
- Luis Suarez (Barcelona)