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Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Neymar, Harry Kane, N’golo Kante On 30-man Ballon d’Or List

Cristiano Ronaldo will now be the favourite to retain his Ballon d’Or as he was named to the 30-man shortlist alongside the likes of Lionel Messi, Neymar, Luis Suarez, Harry Kane and Robert Lewandowski.

Chelsea pair N’Golo Kante and Eden Hazard, Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea and Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne also make the list.

Spain’s La Liga leads all leagues with 11 nominees, followed by the Premier League with seven, Serie A with five, Ligue 1 with four and the Bundesliga with three.

Real Madrid have by far the most players on the list with seven — Ronaldo, Luka Modric, Marcelo, Sergio Ramos, Toni Kroos, Karim Benzema and Isco.

PSG are the only other club with at least three, with Neymar, Edinson Cavani and Kylian Mbappe. Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, Bayern Munich, Chelsea, Juventus, and Liverpool all have two players on the list.

Gareth Bale misses out, he has only scored five goals for Real Madrid this year, struggling for form and fitness at the end of last season.

Ballon d’Or 2017 final shortlist

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Borussia Dortmund)

Karim Benzema (Real Madrid)

Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus)

Edinson Cavani (PSG)

Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool)

Kevin De Bruyne (Man City)

David de Gea (Man Utd)

Paulo Dybala (Juventus)

Edin Dzeko (Roma)

Radamel Falcao (Monaco)

Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid)

Mats Hummels (Bayern Munich)

Harry Kane (Tottenham)

N’Golo Kante (Chelsea)

Toni Kroos (Real Madrid)

Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich)

Sadio Mane (Liverpool)

Marcelo (Real Madrid)

Dries Mertens (Napoli)

Lionel Messi (Barcelona)

Luka Modric (Real Madrid)

Neymar (PSG)

Jan Oblak (Atletico Madrid)

Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid)

Luis Suarez (Barcelona)

Eden Hazard (Chelsea)

Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)

Leonardo Bonucci (AC Milan)

Kylian Mbappe (PSG)

Isco (Real Madrid)

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