France Football has released its nominees for the 2017 Balloon D’Or awards and in-form Tottenham Hotspurs striker, Harry Kane and four other stars from the English Premier League made the cut.
The nominations list was released on Monday by French Football who terminated their contract with FIFA in 2015. The nominees include usual suspects, Barcelona lynchpin, Lionel Messi, Real Madrid attacker, Cristiano Ronaldo and the world’s most expensive player and PSG star man, Neymar.
Making the list from the EPL are Chelsea’s diminutive midfielder, Ngolo Kante, Liverpool midfielder, Phillipe Coutinho, Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne and Manchester United United’s David De Gea as the first half of the nominees for European football’s top individual prize.
Already, the trio of Ronaldo, Messi and Neymar have made the final nominations for FIFA’s Male Player of the Year award. The France Football-sponsored Ballon D’Or award winner will be decided by a conglomerate of journalists from Europe and who have a vast attraction to European football.
Harry Kane has been on top form this season after putting his August drought behind him to score over ten goals since September and Coutinho has been brilliant for Liverpool in 2017, also putting behind his transfer debacle which made his transfer request to Barcelona rejected by Liverpool authorities.
Ngolo Kante was an ever-present feature in Chelsea’s all conquering EPL winning team back in May and is continuing his rise into prominence in Europe’s top league. Kevin De Bruyne and David De Gea were both instrumental to their Manchester clubs’ qualifications for the UEFA Champions League this season and have been deservedly nominated for European football’s top prize for players.
Ballon d’Or 2017 shortlist so far include;
Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool)
Kevin De Bruyne (Man City)
David de Gea (Man Utd)
Paulo Dybala (Juventus)
Edin Dzeko (Roma)
Harry Kane (Tottenham)
N’Golo Kante (Chelsea)
Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich)
Marcelo (Real Madrid)
Dries Mertens (Napoli)
Luka Modric (Real Madrid)
Jan Oblak (Atletico Madrid)
Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid)
Luis Suarez (Barcelona)