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Messi, Ronaldo in Ballon d’Or nominees; Bale misses out

Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are unsurprisingly on the list of Ballon d’Or nominees for 2017.

Having shared nine awards between them, Barcelona’s Messi and Real Madrid’s Ronaldo are firm favourites one more for world football’s most coveted individual prize.

Ronaldo, 32, beat Messi to the award last year, securing his fourth title, whilst Messi has won five.

No other nominee has won the award since 2007, when Brazilian Kaka secured the title.

The list which sees 11 La Liga based players feature, does not include Madrid and Welsh winger Gareth Bale, who has missed a large majority of Madrid’s year through injury.

Former Barcelona forward Neymar is included, whilst Luis Suarez is included.

Marcelo, Toni Kroos, Sergio Ramos, Karim Benzema and Luka Modric also feature for Madrid, whilst Antoine Griezmann and Jan Oblak are included from Atletico Madrid.

Ballon d’Or shortlist

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Borussia Dortmund and Gabon), Karim Benzema (Real Madrid and France), Leonardo Bonucci (AC Milan and Italy),Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus and Italy), Edinson Cavani (Paris St-Germain and Uruguay) Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool and Brazil), Kevin de Bruyne(Manchester City and Belgium), David de Gea (Manchester United and Spain), Paulo Dybala (Juventus and Argentina), Edin Dzeko (Roma and Bosnia-Herzegovina), Radamel Falcao (Monaco and Colombia), Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid and France), Eden Hazard (Chelsea and Belgium), Mats Hummels (Bayern Munich and Germany), Isco (Real Madrid and Spain), Harry Kane (Tottenham and England), N’Golo Kante (Chelsea and France), Toni Kroos (Real Madrid and Germany), Robert Lewandowski(Bayern Munich and Poland), Sadio Mane (Liverpool and Senegal), Marcelo(Real Madrid and Brazil), Kylian Mbappe (Paris St-Germain and France),Dries Mertens (Napoli and Belgium), Lionel Messi (Barcelona and Argentina) Luka Modric (Real Madrid and Croatia), Neymar (Paris St-Germain and Brazil), Jan Oblak (Atletico Madrid and Slovenia), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid and Spain), Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid and Portugal), Luis Suarez (Barcelona and Uruguay).

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