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szdaily -> Sports
Ronaldo, Messi lead Ballon d’Or nominees
    2017-October-11  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

CRISTIANO RONALDO, Lionel Messi and Neymar headline an impressive 30-man shortlist unveiled Monday for the 2017 Ballon d’Or world footballer of the year award.

Portugal superstar Ronaldo is attempting to match Lionel Messi’s record by winning the prize for a fifth time after his starring role in Real Madrid’s first La Liga and Champions League double in 59 years.

Ronaldo has claimed the prestigious honor in three of the past four years, with Argentina standout Messi last collecting the trophy in 2015 following Barcelona’s treble-winning campaign.

The pair have combined to win the award — organized by France Football magazine — every year since former Brazil and AC Milan star Kaka won it in 2007.

Ronaldo remains the strong favorite despite still searching for his first league goal in the 2017/18 season after serving a five-match domestic ban following his dismissal in the Spanish Super Cup.

Messi has profited from his rival’s absence to spearhead Barcelona’s stunning start to the campaign, scoring 11 goals in the first seven matches while adding two more in Europe.

But both players remain in danger of missing the 2018 World Cup.

European champion Portugal could be forced to negotiate next month’s playoffs unless the side defeats Group B leader Switzerland in their final qualifier.

Two-time World Cup winner Argentina is outside the top five in South American qualifying ahead of a tricky trip to Ecuador in its last match, although victory would at least put the side into a two-legged playoff against New Zealand.

Brazilian forward Neymar moved to Paris Saint-Germain in August for a world-record 222 million euros (US$264 million) to step out of Messi’s shadow at Barcelona. The 25-year-old has enjoyed a seamless transition to French soccer with a return of eight goals in as many games as PSG look to upset European soccer’s established order.

Real accounts for seven of the nominees with Ronaldo joined by Sergio Ramos, Marcelo, Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, Isco and Karim Benzema.

PSG is the second-best represented club with three players — Neymar, Edinson Cavani and Kylian Mbappe.(SD-Agencies)

 

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