The trio of Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, and Robert Lewandowski are among the many 30 favourites shortlisted for the 2021 Ballon d’Or.
Their names had been introduced in a sequence of social media posts by France Football on Friday.
As organisers put together for the ceremony scheduled to happen in November after a COVID-19-stricken 12 months, the trio are the frontrunners to select up the award.
But just one participant will go residence with one of many world’s most prestigious particular person awards.
The 30-man checklist of gamers includes a goalkeeper, 5 defenders, 9 midfielders, and 15 forwards drawn from varied soccer golf equipment throughout Europe.
Five-time Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo appears to be like to match the document of six awards set by Messi, following an excellent efficiency final season.
Before discovering his approach again to Manchester United since his departure in 2009, the 36-year-old netted 36 objectives and made 4 assists for Juventus.
Just like his Portuguese counterpart, Messi was essential to Barcelona’s efficiency final season, though the Spanish aspect failed so as to add a trophy to their cupboard.
The 34-year-old, nonetheless, bade a farewell to Camp Nou after 21 years and joined his former Barcelona teammate, Neymar (who was additionally shortlisted) at Paris Saint-Germain (PSG).
See the total checklist of the 30 footballers shortlisted for this 12 months’s Ballon d’Or under:
Gianluigi Donnarumma (PSG)
Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus)
Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus)
Simon Kjær (AC Milan)
Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea)
Ruben Dias (Manchester City)
N’Golo Kante (Chelsea)
Mason Mount (Chelsea)
Nicolo Barella (Inter Milan)
Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United)
Luka Modric (Real Madrid)
Kevin de Bruyne (Manchester City)
Phil Foden (Manchester City)
Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City)
Erling Haaland (Borussia Dortmund)
Harry Kane (Tottenham)
Karim Benzema (Real Madrid)
Raheem Sterling (Manchester City)
Lionel Messi (PSG)
Lautaro Martinez (Inter Milan)
Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich)
Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)
Romelu Lukaku (Chelsea)
Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United)
Kylian Mbappe (PSG)
Gerard Moreno (Villarreal)
Luis Suarez (Atletico Madrid)