2016 Ballon d’Or shortlist revealed
Ballon d’Or shortlist revealed 2016? The thirty-man shortlist for the 2016 Ballon d’Or has today been unveiled.
France Football, in recent years, had partnered with FIFA for the award. But that partnership ended in September, with France Football going it alone.
Ballon d’Or shortlist released 2016
This year’s list, as expected, contains many of the finest players in the world. And of the thirty players nominated, eight ply their trade in the Premier League.
Alongside the usual big names, like Cristiano Ronaldo, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Lionel Messi, there are places for Manchester United pair Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba, Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero and Kevin De Bruyne, Leicester duo Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy, Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, and West Ham United’s Dimitri Payet.
The list was unveiled today in batches of five, and Real Madrid lead the way with six nominations. They are followed by Bayern Munich and Barcelona, both teams with four players making the shortlist.
There, surprisingly, is no place on the shortlist for the likes of Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil, Karim Benzema of Real Madrid, or Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho.
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Ballon d’Or shortlist revealed 2016
Here is a full list of the 30 man FIFA Ballon d’Or shortlist.
Club & Country
|Sergio Agüero||Manchester City & Argentina|
|Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang||Borussia Dortmund & Gabon|
|Gareth Bale||Real Madrid & Wales|
|Gianluigi Buffon||Juventus & Italy|
|Kevin De Bruyne||Manchester City & Belgium|
|Paulo Dybala||Juventus & Argentina|
|Diego Godín||Atlético Madrid & Uruguay|
|Antoine Griezmann||Atlético Madrid & France|
|Gonzalo Higuaín||Napoli/Juventus & Argentina|
|Zlatan Ibrahimović||Paris Saint-Germain/Manchester United & Sweden|
|Andrés Iniesta||Barcelona & Spain|
|Koke||Atlético Madrid & Spain|
|Toni Kroos||Real Madrid & Germany|
|Robert Lewandowski||Bayern München & Poland|
|Hugo Lloris||Tottenham Hotspur & France|
|Riyad Mahrez||Leicester City & Algeria|
|Lionel Messi||Barcelona & Argentina|
|Luka Modrić||Real Madrid & Croatia|
|Thomas Müller||Bayern München & Germany|
|Manuel Neuer||Bayern München & Germany|
|Neymar||Barcelona & Brazil|
|Dimitri Payet||West Ham & France|
|Pepe||Real Madrid & Portugal|
|Paul Pogba||Juventus/Manchester United & France|
|Sergio Ramos||Real Madrid & Spain|
|Rui Patrício||Sporting CP & Portugal|
|Cristiano Ronaldo||Real Madrid & Portugal|
|Luis Suárez||Barcelona & Uruguay|
|Jamie Vardy||Leicester City & England|
|Arturo Vidal||Bayern München & Chile|
How is the FIFA Ballon d’ Or voted for?
Unlike previous years, national-team captains and coaches are no longer involved in the voting, with football journalists deciding the winner instead. Also, the three finalists will not be announced before the winner is revealed, and the announcement of the victor will come before the end of the calendar year, not in January as has recently been the case.
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