πŸ† A breakdown of the 30 Ballon d'Or shortlisted players according to the top European Leagues
πŸ† A breakdown of the 30 Ballon d'Or shortlisted players according to the top European Leagues
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πŸ† A breakdown of the 30 Ballon d'Or shortlisted players according to the top European Leagues

The Premier League is strongly represented on the 30-man shortlist, with exactly half of the candidates plying their trade in the English top-flight. 

🗺 Breakdown by Euro League

Interestingly, although Premier League players dominate the 30-strong shortlist for the prestigious award, the last time a player from the English top-flight won the Ballon d'Or was in 2008 when Cristiano Ronaldo was still a Manchester United player. 

Since then, Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have hogged the award and made sure that each and every winner since 2009 was a player from Spain's LaLiga, including current holder Luka Modric. 

📝 Full list of candidates

  • Sadio Mané (Liverpool/Senegal)
  • Sergio Agüero (Man City/Argentina)
  • Frenkie de Jong (Barcelona/Netherlands)
  • Hugo Lloris (Tottenham/France)
  • Dušan Tadić (Ajax/Serbia)
  • Kylian Mbappé (PSG/France)
  • Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool/England)
  • Donny van de Beek (Ajax/Netherlands)
  • Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal/Gabon)
  • Marc-André ter Stegen (Barcelona/Germany)
  • Alisson (Liverpool/Brazil)
  • Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus/Portugal)
  • Matthijs de Ligt (Juventus/Netherlands)
  • Karim Benzema (Real Madrid/France)
  • Georginio Wijnaldum (Liverpool/Netherlands)
  • Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool/Netherlands)
  • Bernardo Silva (Manchester City/Portugal)
  • Heung-min Son (Tottenham/South Korea)
  • Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich/Poland)
  • Roberto Firmino (Liverpool/Brazil)
  • Lionel Messi (Barcelona/Argentina)
  • Riyad Mahrez (Man City/Algeria)
  • Kevin De Bruyne (Man City/Belgium)
  • Kalidou Koulibaly (Napoli/Senegal)
  • Antoine Griezmann (Barcelona/France)
  • Mohamed Salah (Liverpool/Egypt)
  • Eden Hazard (Real Madrid/Belgium)
  • Marquinhos (PSG/Brazil)
  • Raheem Sterling (Man City/England)
  • João Félix (Atlético Madrid/Portugal)

All of these stars will be in UEFA Champions League action this week as the Group Stages reach the halfway mark.

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