Gianluca Nesci

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The race to dethrone Cristiano Ronaldo is formally on.

The nominees for the 2017 Ballon d’Or are being launched, with award organiser France Soccer revealing the 30-man shortlist in 5-participant installments all through the day.

The primary batch of superstars was highlighted by one of many few males with a reliable probability of snatching the throne from Ronaldo: Paris Saint-Germain focus Neymar.

The likes of Robert Lewandowski, David De Gea, Harry Kane, and Kevin De Bruyne have additionally been unveiled as nominees for the coveted golden trophy.

Actual Madrid’s Ronaldo, who stays the favorite to seize the prize for a second consecutive yr – and report-equalling fifth time general – was a lock for the honour after ending the 2016-17 marketing campaign on a tear. His sluggish begin to the brand new season, although, has given renewed hope to a few of his rivals. Chief amongst them is Lionel Messi – the one participant to ever win the award 5 occasions, Messi is off to a blistering begin in 2017-18.

The 2 males, who’ve mixed to win world soccer’s highest particular person award for the previous 9 years, are all however assured to be named as finalists later within the day.

Listed here are the 15 nominees who’ve been revealed to date:

Neymar (PSG), Luka Modric (Actual Madrid), Paulo Dybala (Juventus), Marcelo (Actual Madrid), N’Golo Kante (Chelsea), Luis Suarez (Barcelona), Sergio Ramos (Actual Madrid), Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool), Jan Oblak (Atletico Madrid), Dries Mertens (Napoli), Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester Metropolis), Harry Kane (Tottenham), Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich), David De Gea (Manchester United), Edin Dzeko (Roma).