The French publication, who award the prestigious trophy, has revealed the first five nominees for the Ballon d’Or. They are as follows:
5. Paulo Dybala
The Argentinian has now proved he can play at the top level after two emphatic seasons with Juventus. He helped the Italian giants reach the Champions League final last season and has contributed to their so far unbeaten 2017/18 Serie A campaign. The 23-year-old has scored 27 goals in 2017 and lifted the Serie A title as well as the Coppa Italia.
Is Marcelo the best left-back in the world? The Brazilian continues to impress on the left flank and always provides an attacking option for ‘Los Blancos’. Like Modric, he won La Liga, the Champions League and both the European and Spanish Super Cup this year.
3. N’Golo Kante
So much was expected from him after his title-winning season with Leicester City, and he did not disappoint. Kante was an influential player for Chelsea in their successful 2016/17 Premier League campaign and is now one of the best defensive midfielders in the world. Last year, the 26-year-old was not nominated for this award.
Modric is just like wine getting better with age, he is the right man for every team’s midfield. The Croatian international won the double with Real Madrid this year, only missing out on the Copa del Rey. He finished 17th in the standings last year.
The most talked about player all summer. The Brazilian enjoyed a superb end to the season with Barcelona and has made a fast start to life at PSG, putting him up there with the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. Despite only winning the Copa del Rey, he has scored an impressive 38 goals so far this year. Neymar finished fifth in the Balon d’Or standing in 2016.