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Tuesday 20 February 2018

Ballon d'Or 2016 shortlist includes Jamie Vardy alongside Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi

Jamie Vardy
Jamie Vardy

Jamie Vardy has been nominated for the Ballon d'Or award alongside the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Gareth Bale after helping Leicester win the Premier League title.

The 29-year-old striker, who scored 24 goals in a historic season for the Foxes, was named on a 30-man list of nominees for the prestigious award, which is currently held by Barcelona star Messi.

France Football, the sole organisers of the prize given to the best footballer in the world following a split from FIFA, revealed Vardy was in contention in a tweet published on Monday evening.

The Sheffield-born player is the only Englishman nominated, while Real Madrid's Bale represents Wales after his heroics at Euro 2016.

The 30-man shortlist in full:

Sergio Aguero (Manchester City)


Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Borussia Dortmund)


Gareth Bale (Real Madrid)


Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus)


Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)


Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City)


Paulo Dybala (Juventus)


Diego Godin (Atletico Madrid)


Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid)


Gonzalo Higuain (Juventus)


Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Manchester United)


Andres Iniesta (Barcelona)


Koke (Atletico Madrid)


Toni Kroos (Real Madrid)


Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich)


Hugo Lloris (Tottenham)


Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City)


Lionel Messi (Barcelona)


Luka Modric (Real Madrid)


Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich)


Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich)


Neymar (Barcelona)


Dimitri Payet (West Ham)


Pepe (Real Madrid)


Paul Pogba (Juventus/Manchester United)


Rui Patricio (Sporting)


Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid)


Luis Suarez (Barcelona)


Jamie Vardy (Leicester City)


Arturo Vidal (Bayern Munich)

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