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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