The most expensive footballer in the world, Neymar Jnr, has joined former Barcelona teammates Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez on the Ballon d’Or 2017 Nominees List.
Antoine Griezmann, Harry Kane, Sadio Mane, Philippe Coutinho and goal-keeping duo Gianluigi Buffon and David de Gea are other big names on the list.
The past nine editions of the prestigious award have been won by Ronaldo and Messi.
Ronaldo, who is favorite to win this year’s edition and finally equal Messi’s tally was conspicuously absent from the first list released but after some minutes, the final 30 man list is out.
The French organizers of the award had announced their decision to stagger the release of the much anticipated list through out Monday, October 9th.
The winner of the award will be determined by a panel of journalists and football writers from a final short-list of three.
Ballon d’Or 2017 Nominees List
|Cristiano Ronaldo||Real Madrid & Portugal|
|Eden Hazard||Chelsea & Belgium|
|Leonardo Bonucci||AC Milan & Italy|
|Isco||Real Madrid & Spain|
|Kylian Mbappe||PSG & France|
|Neymar||PSG & Brazil|
|Luka Modric||Real Madrid & Croatia|
|Paulo Dybala||Juventus & Argentina|
|Marcelo||Real Madrid & Brazil|
|N’Golo Kante||Chelsea & France|
|Luis Suarez||Barcelona & Uruguay|
|Sergio Ramos||Real Madrid & Spain|
|Jan Oblak||Atletico Madrid & Slovenia|
|Philippe Coutinho||Liverpool & Brazil|
|Dries Mertens||Napoli & Belgium|
|Kevin De Bruyne||Manchester City & Belgium|
|Robert Lewandowski||Bayern Munich & Poland|
|David de Gea||Manchester United & Spain|
|Harry Kane||Tottenham & England|
|Edin Dzeko||Roma & Bosnia-Herzegovina|
|Antoine Griezmann||Atletico Madrid & France|
|Gianluigi Buffon||Juventus & Italy|
|Radamel Falcao||Monaco & Colombia|
|Sadio Mane||Liverpool & Senegal|
|Toni Kroos||Real Madrid & Germany|
|Lionel Messi||Barcelona & Argentina|
|Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang||Borussia Dortmund & Gabon|
|Edinson Cavani||PSG & Uruguay|
|Mats Hummels||Bayern Munich & Germany|
|Karim Benzema||Real Madrid & France|