France Football earlier today released their first batch of Balloon D’Or nominees with Harry Kane and four other EPL stars making the cut. The magazine has released the concluding part of the list with little surprises and many usual suspects making the list.
Borussia Dortmund’s attacker and Gabonese striker, Pierre Emerick Aubameyang and Liverpool and Senegalese striker, Sadio Mane were the only Africans who made the cut while Chelsea’s Eden Hazard completed the list of nominees from the English Premier League.
Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi who have won the last nine editions between them are also on the list as favourites while the Azzuris and Juventus legend, Gianluigi Buffon also made the cut.
Roma striker, Edin Dzeko who had a scintillating campaign last season and Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema were also nominated for the awards while Real Madrid’s diminutive midfielder, Isco, Bayern’s Matts Hummels, fit-again Monaco striker, Radamel Falcao, Edinson Cavani of PSG, France and Athletico Madrid hotshot, Antoine Griezmann, Real Madrid midfield anchorman, Toni Kroos and former Juventus and present AC Milan defender Leonardo Bonucci all made the cut.
On-loan PSG youngster, Kylian Mbappe is the youngest on the list having capped an impressive season last season with several record breaking performances and the Ligue1 title being the youngest goalscorer in Monaco’s football history since Thierry Henry. Mbappe, who has continued his meteoric rise to stardom with PSG has his eyes set on a World Cup place with the star-studded and young Led Bleus, the French national team.
The Balloon D’Or has been won by several great players with present. UEFA President, Michel Platini, second all-time top scorer in the French national team after Henry and a three-time winner of the award. Other notbake winners of the award are; Zinedine Zidane, Marco Van Basten, Pavel Nedved, Lothar Matthaus, Ronaldo De Lima, Michael Owen, Andriy Shevchenko, and many others with George Opong Weah being the only African ever to have won the award in 1995.