Premier League players dominate the long list of Ballon d’Or nominees – almost half of the 30 names.
Chelsea and Man City each claim five out of 14 love-based stars, with two each from Manchester United and one each from Liverpool and Tottenham.
Chelsea stars Cesar Azpilicueta, N’Golo Kante, Romelu Lukaku, Mason Mount and Jorginho – one of the favorites to win it – feature.
The city has Kevin De Bruyne, Ruben Dias, Phil Foden, Riyad Mahrez and Raheem Sterling.
Portugal and United teammates Cristiano Ronaldo and Bruno Fernandes, Liverpool star Mo Salah and Spurs talisman Harry Kane make up 14.
Chelsea’s Edouard Mendy, Man City’s Ederson and Leicester City captain Kasper Schmeichel have been selected for the Yasin Trophy for best goalkeeper.
United’s Mason Greenwood and Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka are in the Copa Trophy list for the best young player. England and Borussia Dortmund wonderkid Jude Bellingham are also on that list.
The Ballon d’Or is awarded to the best footballer of the calendar year, but was canceled last year amid the coronavirus pandemic.
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Paris Saint-Germain superstar Lionel Messi, who won the men’s award in 2019 to add to his collection of six, is the current favourite.
PSG have four in the shortlist, which includes Messi along with Gianluigi Donnarumma, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.
Inter teammates Nicolas Barella and Lautaro Martinez, Juventus and Italy centre-back pair Leonardo Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini and AC Milan’s Simon Cajor all come from Serie A.
LaLiga has five players in the likes of Real Madrid duo of Karim Benzema, Luka Modric, Villarreal’s Gerard Moreno, Barcelona wonderkid Pedri and Luis Suarez – who ousted Atletico Madrid the title last season after leaving Barca.
Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski and Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland are the only Bundesliga stars on the list.
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30-man Ballon d’Or longlist
Caesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea)
Nicolo Barella (Inter)
Karim Benzema (Real Madrid)
Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus)
giorgio chiellini (Juventus)
Kevin De Bruyne (man City)
ruben dias (man City)
Gianluigi Donnarumma (AC Milan, PSG)
Bruno Fernandes (Man Utd)
Phil Foden (man City)
Erling Haaland (Borussia Dortmund)
Harry Kane (Tottenham)
N’Golo Kante (Chelsea)
simon kajer (AC Milan)
Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich)
Romelu Lukaku (Inter, Chelsea)
Riyadh Mahrezo (man City)
lautaro martínez (Inter)
Kian Mbappe (PSG)
Lionel Messi (Barcelona, PSG)
Luka Modric (Real Madrid)
Gerard Moreno (Villarreal)mason mount (Chelsea)
Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus, Man Utd)
Mohamed Salahi (Liverpool)Raheem Sterling (man City)
Luis Suarez (Atletico Madrid)