Zurich — Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi again head the
list of candidates for the player of the year award, which they have combined
to win for the past seven years.
All 23 players named on the Ballon D'Or Award shortlist
Tuesday play for European clubs, though eight are from South America and one,
Ivory Coast midfielder Yaya Toure, is African.
No Asian player or club featured in the nominations compiled
by FIFA and France Football magazine. English and Italian players also failed
to make the list.
Messi was joined by Neymar and Luis Suarez giving Barcelona
its complete forward line on the list. The Champions League winners have a
total of six candidates.
Copa America champion Chile has Alexis Sanchez and Arturo
Vidal nominated, plus coach Jorge Sampaoli on the 10-man list of nominees for
coach of the year.
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The winners will be announced on Jan. 11, 2016 at a ceremony
The list of Ballon d'Or nominees will be shortened to the
final three contenders on Nov. 30 with Messi and Ronaldo almost certain to make
Despite neither winning a major national team title, Messi
and Ronaldo have shared the Ballon d'Or since 2008. Messi has won four awards
and Ronaldo three, including in 2013 and 2014.
Sampaoli is competing with nine coaches of European clubs,
including Luis Enrique of Barcelona and Jose Mourinho of English champion
Voting is by national team coaches and captains, plus a
selected journalist, from each of FIFA's 209 member federations. Polling closes
on Nov. 20.
Sergio Aguero (Argentina/Manchester City), Gareth Bale (Wales/Real Madrid),
Karim Benzema (France/Real Madrid), Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal/Real Madrid),
Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium/Wolfsburg/Manchester City), Eden Hazard
(Belgium/Chelsea), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Sweden/Paris Saint-Germain), Andres
Iniesta (Spain/Barcelona), Toni Kroos (Germany/Real Madrid), Robert Lewandowski
(Poland/Bayern Munich), Javier Mascherano (Argentina/Barcelona), Lionel Messi
(Argentina/Barcelona), Thomas Mueller (Germany/Bayern Munich), Manuel Neuer
(Germany/Bayern Munich), Neymar (Brazil/Barcelona), Paul Pogba
(France/Juventus), Ivan Rakitic (Croatia/Barcelona), Arjen Robben
(Netherlands/Bayern Munich), James Rodriguez (Colombia/Real Madrid), Alexis
Sanchez (Chile/Arsenal), Luis Suarez (Uruguay/Barcelona), Yaya Toure (Ivory
Coast/Manchester City), Arturo Vidal (Chile/Juventus/Bayern Munich).
Massimiliano Allegri (Italy/Juventus), Carlo Ancelotti (Italy/Real Madrid),
Laurent Blanc (France/Paris Saint-Germain), Unai Emery (Spain/Sevilla), Pep
Guardiola (Spain/Bayern Munich), Luis Enrique Martinez (Spain/Barcelona), Jose
Mourinho (Portugal/Chelsea), Jorge Sampaoli (Argentina/Chile national team),
Diego Simeone (Argentina/Atletico Madrid), Arsene Wenger (France/Arsenal).For
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