Liverpool, Man City dominate 30-man Ballon d’Or shortlist
Date published: Monday 21st October 2019 10:12
Liverpool duo Sadio Mane and Virgil van Dijk as well as Barcelona’s Lionel Messi are among the 30 players nominated for this year’s Ballon d’Or.
Luka Modric’s Champions League triumph with Real Madrid and run to the World Cup final with Croatia led to him being the current holder of the award, which is organised and handed out by French magazine France Football.
The winner of the 2019 Ballon d’Or will be announced in Paris on December 2 with all 30 players in contention for the gong now announced.
Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City have five players on the shortlist, including Sergio Aguero and Raheem Sterling, while Son Heung-min and Hugo Lloris are the only two Tottenham players, with Harry Kane missing out.
See below for the full list of nominees for this year’s Ballon d’Or:
Sadio Mane, Sergio Aguero, Frenkie de Jong, Hugo Lloris, Dusan Tadic
Kylian Mbappe, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Donny van de Beek, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Marc-Andre Ter Stegen
Cristiano Ronaldo, Alisson, Matthijs de Ligt, Karim Benzema, Georginio Wijnaldum
Virgil van Dijk, Bernardo Silva, Son Heung-min, Robert Lewandowski, Roberto Firmino
Lionel Messi, Riyad Mahrez, Kevin de Bruyne, Kalidou Koulibaly, Antoine Griezmann
Mohamed Salah, Eden Hazard, Marquinhos, Raheem Sterling, Joao Felix