Ballon d'Or: Kane, Messi, Neymar, Ronaldo, Hazard, De Gea, Kante shortlisted

Fußball Stars deren Teams sich nicht für die WM qualifiziert haben | Ronaldo Portugal

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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.

Indeed, no player over than Ronaldo or Messi have won the award since 2007 when Brazilian Kaka beat the pair to the gong.

The prize is once more the domain of France Football after merging with the FIFA World Player of the Year award between 2010-15 and the victor will be decided by a selection panel of journalists.

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Find other snubbed superstars in the gallery, including a Real Madrid player, a FC Barcelona stalwart, who missed out for the first time in seven years, and Arsenal's most unsafe player, as pointed out by France Football themselves.

Also in the running are Man City's Kevin De Bruyne, Man Utd goalkeeper David De Gea, and back-to-back Golden Boot victor Harry Kane, of Spurs.

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.

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The Ballon d'Or is judged by France Football journalists.

The nominees for the 2017 Ballon d'Or have been revealed.

Tottenham striker Harry Kane, Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard are among six other Premier League players picked by France Football magazine for the prestigious prize.

Liverpool's Mane out for six weeks with hamstring injury
Mane was included in the 30-man shortlist for the 2017 Ballon D'or which was released on Monday. They coped better that time, with five wins, two draws and a defeat.

Ballon d'Or organisers France Football have released the first five names to be included on the shortlist and Neymar is joined by Chelsea's N'Golo Kante, Juventus' Paulo Dybala and Real Madrid duo Luka Modric and Marcelo.

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