Spanish giants, Real Madrid dominate the 2017 Ballon d’Or 30-man list which was released on Monday with seven players.
The list is made up of four time winner Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema, Isco, Sergio Ramos, Marcelo,Toni Kroos and Luka Modric.
Others are Lionel Messi who has won the award on five occassions, N’Golo Kante, Philippe Coutinho, David de Gea, Harry Kane and Kevin De Bruyne, Robert Lewandowski, Neymar and Luis Suarez.
The Ballon d’Or (French for ‘Golden Ball’) instituted in 1956 is an annual individual award which is given to the footballer who is deemed to have performed the best during the previous year.
It was initially restricted to only European players but it was expanded in in 1995 to include all players plying their football trade with any European club.
It was opened to include all players from around the world in 2007.
The Ballon d’Or was initially different from FIFA’s World Player of the Year award, but the two merged in 2010 to become the FIFA Ballon d’Or.
However, that merger lasted just five years and the Ballon d’Or became separate from FIFA again in 2016, with the world governing body subsequently creating the new ‘The Best’ awards series.
See full list of 2017 Ballon d’Or nominees below…
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Borussia Dortmund), Karim Benzema (Real Madrid), Leonardo Bonucci (AC Milan), Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Edinson Cavani (PSG), Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool), Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City), David De Gea (Manchester United), Paulo Dybala (Juventus), Edin Dzeko (Roma), Radamel Falcao (Monaco), Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid), Eden Hazard (Chelsea), Mats Hummels (Bayern Munich), Isco (Real Madrid), Harry Kane (Tottenham), N’Golo Kante (Chelsea), Toni Kroos (Real Madrid), Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich), Sadio Mane (Liverpool), Marcelo (Real Madrid), Kylian Mbappe (PSG), Dries Mertens (Napoli), Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Luka Modric (Real Madrid), Jan Oblak (Atletico Madrid), Neymar (PSG), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Luis Suarez (Barcelona)