Harry Kane among Premier League stars shortlisted for 2017 Ballon d’Or

Harry Kane among Premier League stars shortlisted for 2017 Ballon d’Or

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Seven players from the English Premier League have featured on a shortlist for this year’s Ballon d’Or award.

For the first time Harry Kane has earned a place among 30 nominees for the coveted trophy, boasting a record of 43 goals in 37 appearances for Tottenham and England in 2017 alone.

Two of Antonio Conte’s title-winning Chelsea squad feature on the list – in the forms of Eden Hazard and N’Golo Kante, while Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho and Sadio Mane are also in contention.

David De Gea and Kevin De Bruyne make up the rest of the Premier League talent vying for the prize given to world football’s best player.

As expected, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are favourites, with the two global stars battling over every Ballon d’Or since the 2007 award was won by Kaka.

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Messi’s departed teammate Neymar ranks among the 30 players, as does breakout French star Kylian Mbappe.

Notable absences from the list include Madrid’s Gareth Bale and star Arsenal playmaker Alexis Sanchez.

Ballon d’Or 2017 nominees:

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Borussia Dortmund), Karim Benzema (Real Madrid), Leonardo Bonucci (AC Milan), Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Edinson Cavani (PSG), Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool), Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City), David De Gea (Manchester United), Paulo Dybala (Juventus), Edin Dzeko (Roma), Radamel Falcao (Monaco), Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid), Eden Hazard (Chelsea), Mats Hummels (Bayern Munich), Isco (Real Madrid), Harry Kane (Tottenham), N’Golo Kante (Chelsea), Toni Kroos (Real Madrid), Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich), Sadio Mane (Liverpool), Marcelo (Real Madrid), Kylian Mbappe (PSG), Dries Mertens (Napoli), Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Luka Modric (Real Madrid), Jan Oblak (Atletico Madrid), Neymar (PSG), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Luis Suarez (Barcelona)

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