Suarez, Coutinho Join Ballon d’Or Nominee List
Luis Suarez, Coutinho and Sergio Ramos have joined the likes of Neymar, Kante and Modric on the list of nominees for the 2017 Ballon d’Or award, with latest addition of 5 names to the first 5 candidates released.
The first 5 nominees for the 2017 Ballon d’Or France Football are Neymar, Luka Modrić, Paulo Dybala, Marcelo, N’Golo Kanté.
Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante is also among the nominees after he claimed his second Premier League title in a row following his switch from Leicester City.
Juventus forward Paulo Dybala and Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric also feature, with France Football releasing the full 30-man list in batches over the course of October 9.
Neymar has been recognized following an eventful year that has seen the Brazil star impress for both his national team and Barcelona, before his world-record summer transfer to PSG.
Also, Dybala has enjoyed a stand-out 2017, helping Juventus to yet another Serie A title and the Champions League final. Modric, meanwhile, played pivotal roles as Madrid won the Liga title, while Zinedine Zidane’s side became the first team to win back-to-back Champions League titles.
The next announcement is due at 14:00 (CET), with further confirmation of nominees coming at 17:50, 18:35 and, finally, 19:15.
Here is the list of 2017 Ballon d’Or nominees released so far;
Player Teams Country
Neymar PSG & Brazil
Luka Modric Real Madrid & Croatia
Paulo Dybala Juventus & Argentina
Marcelo Real Madrid & Brazil
N’Golo Kante Chelsea & France
Luis Suarez Barcelona & Uruguay Sergio Ramos Real Madrid & Spain
Jan Oblak Atletico Madrid & Slovenia
Philippe Coutinho Liverpool & Brazil Dries Mertens Napoli & Belgium