The magazine France Football has announed this Monday the list of the candidates to win the Ballon d’Or 2017. Cristiano Ronaldo is the great favourite after winning the Champions League and La Liga, helping the team with very important goals, including two in the European final against Juventus.
During the whole day, France Football was announcing the names of the candidates via Twitter. Hour after hour, the list is getting published and there aren’t many surprises in these 30 players.
We can see seven Real Madrid players: Cristiano Ronaldo, Sergio Ramos, Modric, Marcelo, Kroos, Isco and Benzema. Los Blancos is the team with more nominees, one more than last year, when there were six candidates. In this list we cannot see Gareth Bale, after a difficult year with many injuries.
Cristiano Ronaldo biggest rival to win the trophy is, again, Leo Messi. The Argentinian player only won the Copa del Rey trophy last year, but he has started the season very well, scoring goal in all the important games in the start of La Liga and the Champions League.
Cristiano Ronaldo also won last year award, beating Messi and Neymar. The Portuguese striker was the topscorer of the Champions League and he also won the Euro in France. For this reason, we can expect him to win again this award.
La Liga is again the competition with more candidates to the Ballon d’Or, 11 in total. However, we can only see two Barcelona players: Messi and Luis Suárez. Oblak and Antoine Griezmann are the Atlético Madrid footballers in this list.
This is the complete list of players: Cristiano (Real Madrid), Messi (Barcelona), Isco (Real Madrid), Hazard (Chelsea), Bonucci (Milán), Mbappé (PSG), Benzema (Real Madrid), Aubameyang (B. Dortmund), Cavani (PSG), Hummels (Bayern), Kroos (Real Madrid), Griezmann (Atlético de Madrid), Falcao (Mónaco), Mané (Liverpool), Buffon (Juventus), De Gea (Manchester United), De Bruyne (Manchester City), Lewandowski (Bayern Múnich), Harry Kane (Tottenham), Dzeko (Roma), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Luis Suárez (Barcelona), Oblak (Atlético de Madrid), Coutinho (Liverpool), Mertens (Nápoles), Neymar (PSG), Modric (Real Madrid), Dybala (Juventus), Marcelo (Real Madrid) and Kanté (Chelsea)