Cristiano Ronaldo, Eden Hazard, Kylian Mbappe, Harry Kane, Neymar, Lionel Messi, Kevin De Bruyne and Philippe Coutinho are just some of the star names on the 30-man Ballon d’Or shortlist for the 2017 award.
Ballon d’Or organisers France Football have released the first 25 names to be included on the shortlist and Neymar is joined by Premier League stars Kane, De Bruyne, Coutinho, Sadio Mane, N’Golo Kante and David De Gea.
Tottenham’s Kane has gained recognition for a 2016-17 season in which he won his second consecutive Premier League Golden Boot award.
Neymar’s £198million move to Paris Saint-Germain from Barcelona this summer was reportedly partly motivated by a desire to claim the award after finishing fifth in the 2016 voting.
And the 25-year-old has settled in to life at the Parc des Princes quickly with eight goals in his opening eight matches in all competitions.
Barcelona superstar Messi is in with a chance of claiming a sixth Ballon d’Or title after scoring a remarkable 54 goals in 52 appearances last season. The Argentine has won the award more times than any other player – with five gongs.
Kante was the first Premier League star to be announced following a 2016-17 campaign which saw the midfielder scoop PFA Players’ Player of the Year honours as Chelsea won the title. Hazard also shone in that campaign and is included in the shortlist.
BALLON D’OR SHORTLIST SO FAR
Neymar – Paris Saint-Germain
N’Golo Kante – Chelsea
Luka Modric – Real Madrid
Paulo Dybala – Juventus
Marcelo – Real Madrid
Edin Dzeko – Roma
Harry Kane – Tottenham
David De Gea – Manchester United
Robert Lewandowski – Bayern Munich
Kevin De Bruyne – Manchester City
Karim Benzema – Real Madrid
Pierre-Emerick Aubemyang – Borussia Dortmund
Edinson Cavani – Paris Saint-Germain
Lionel Messi – Barcelona
Mats Hummels – Bayern Munich
Philippe Coutinho – Liverpool
Luis Suarez – Barcelona
Jan Oblak – Atletico Madrid
Sergio Ramos – Real Madrid
Dries Mertens – Napoli
Radamel Falcao – Monaco
Sadio Mane – Liverpool
Gianluigi Buffon – Juventus
Antoine Griezmann – Atletico Madrid
Toni Kroos – Real Madrid
Cristiano Ronaldo – Real Madrid
Eden Hazard – Chelsea
Leonardo Bonucci – AC Milan
Isco – Real Madrid
Kylian Mbappe – Paris Saint-Germain