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30-man shortlist for the 2017 Ballon d’Or award | first 20 announced

First 20 players have been announced for the 30-man shortlist for the 2017 Ballon d’Or award

Tottenham striker Harry Kane has been named on the 30-man shortlist for the 2017 Ballon d’Or award given to the world’s best player.

Manchester United keeper David de Gea is among five other Premier League players named in the first 20 men in the 30-man shortlist for the 2017 Ballon d’Or award to be revealed by France Football magazine.

Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho and Sadio Mane, along with Kevin de Bruyne and N’Golo Kante, have also been chosen for the 30-man shortlist for the 2017 Ballon d’Or award.

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The other 10 nominees will be announced later on Monday.

Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo and Barcelona rival Lionel Messi are both expected to be named on the 30-man shortlist for the 2017 Ballon d’Or award.

Portugal’s Ronaldo beat Argentina international Messi to win the prestigious award for a fourth time last year.

Kane, 24, has been picked on the shortlist for the first time after scoring 43 goals in 37 games for club and country in 2017.

Ballon d’Or shortlist (Thefirst 20 of 30 players named)

Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus and Italy)

Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool and Brazil)

Kevin de Bruyne (Manchester City and Belgium)

David de Gea(Manchester United and Spain)

Paulo Dybala (Juventus and Argentina)

Edin Dzeko (Roma and Bosnia-Herzegovina)

Radamel Falcao (Monaco and Colombia)

Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid and France)

Harry Kane(Tottenham and England)

N’Golo Kante (Chelsea and France)

Toni Kroos (Real Madrid and Germany)

Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich and Poland)

Sadio Mane (Liverpool and Senegal)

Marcelo (Real Madrid and Brazil)

Dries Mertens (Napoli and Belgium)

Luka Modric (Real Madrid and Croatia)

Neymar (Paris St-Germain and Brazil)

Jan Oblak (Atletico Madrid and Slovenia)

Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid and Spain)

Luis Suarez(Barcelona and Uruguay)

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