Ronaldo, Messi lead 30-man Ballon d'or list

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Neymar, N'Golo Kante and Luka Modric among first five nominees announced on Ballon d'Or shortlist

France Football, who run the award, announced the 30-man shortlist which consists of seven Premier League-based players in the shape of Eden Hazard, David de Gea, Philippe Coutinho, Sadio Mane, Kevin de Bruyne, N'Golo Kante and the only Englishman Harry Kane. France Football has opted to stagger out the nominees throughout yesterday, with Liverpool's Coutinho among the first 10 players to be announced.

Spain worldwide and Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea is the third Spaniard on the list - only France (Benzema, Kylian Mbappe, Griezmann and N'Golo Kane) have more.

Barcelona's Luis Suarez, who scored 37 goals in all competitions for his side last season, has also been picked in the elite list while Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane has also got a node after scoring 43 times in 37 appearances for the club to help them qualify for the Champions League.

The Ballon d'Or is judged exclusively by a panel of journalists after FIFA and France Football ended their partnership in 2015. Ronaldo has been nominated once again, as has Barcelona and Argentina star Lionel Messi.

@_OlivierGiroud_ is up for the Puskas Award - you know what to do... Wayne Rooney's Manchester derby overhead kick in 2011 is the only other previous effort in the final three.

Chelsea's N'Golo Kante has been shortlisted for the prestigious Ballon d'Or award. The victor will be announced in December.

Neymar, who left Barcelona to join PSG this summer in a world-record move, came third in the voting in 2015 and was fifth a year ago, while Suarez has yet to make it into the final three-man selection.

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