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Shortlist For 2018 Ballon d’Or Award Announced: Philippe Coutinho, Harry Kane And Sadio Mane All In The Running…

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The shortlist for the 2018 Ballon d'Or award is being gradually announced, with half of the nominees know known.

Being the roguish little teases they are, France Football have been drip-dripping their list in five-player increments over the course of the afternoon, with 15 names let out of the bag so far.

Shortlist For 2018 Ballon d’Or Award Announced: Philippe Coutinho, Harry Kane And Sadio Mane All In The Running…

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The shortlist for the 2018 Ballon d'Or award has gradually been announced today, with the usual suspects all cropping up once again.

Being the roguish little teases they are, France Footballdrip-dripped their list in five-player increments over the course of the afternoon, with all 30 names now present and accounted for.

Ballon D’Or 2016 shortlist: Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Jamie Vardy?

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Leicester City's Jamie Vardy has been nominated among 30 candidates for the Ballon d'Or. The only English player to make the Ballon d'Or 2016 shortlist, Vardy joins the likes of Cristiano...

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Leicester heroes Vardy, Mahrez on Ballon d’Or longlist

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Paris (AFP) Leicester City heroes Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez, stars in their team's fairytale run to the Premier League title, have been named on a 30-player longlist for the 2016 Ballon d'Or.

Vardy who has enjoyed a meteoric rise from amateur football to rub shoulders with the game's biggest names is the sole Englishman nominated for the prestigious prize awarded by France Football magazine, which is organising the trophy on its own after the end of a partnership with FIFA.

Ballon d’Or Shortlist Unveiled: All The Usual Suspects Plus Light Smattering Of Total Frauds

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It's that time of year again. The annual creep towards the Ballon d'Or gala officially begins today with the announcement of the 2016 long-short-list.

For reasons of their own, award administratorsFrance Football decided to leak the list in five-player increments over the course of the entire day, milking the whole thing for all it was worth.

Lahm: Ballon d’Or is a ‘marketing prize’ awarded only to attacking players

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Former Germany captain Philipp Lahm has slammed FIFA's Ballon d'Or award for the world player of the year as nothing more than a "marketing prize." The Bayern Munich fullback said the award favored "the most popular players" over more deserving ones.

Barcelona star Lionel Messi was handed the award for a record fifth time at a ceremony in Zurich on Monday.

Lahm: Ballon d’Or is a ‘marketing prize’ awarded only to attacking players

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Former Germany captain Philipp Lahm has slammed FIFA's Ballon d'Or award for the world player of the year as nothing more than a "marketing prize." The Bayern Munich fullback said the award favored "the most popular players" over more deserving ones.

Barcelona star Lionel Messi was handed the award for a record fifth time at a ceremony in Zurich on Monday.

Adidas Celebrate Lionel Messi’s Fifth Ballon d’Or By Furnishing Him With Special ‘Platinum’ Boots (Photos)

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It'll start getting tricky when he reaches 11

To celebrate the wee manpicking up hisfifth Ballon d'Or earlier in the week, Adidas have furnished Lionel Messi with a brand new pair of limited edition boots.

The Adidas Messi 15 Platinum Edition is a special version of Messi's own eponymous signature boot, and comes in metallicwhite with aneye-catching pearlescent shimmer.

Weekly opinion: does Messi’s fifth Ballon d’Or make him the best ever?

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In my latest weekly opinion piece forThe Bubble, I predictably took a look at Lionel Messi, who won theBallon d'Or for the World Player of the Year for the fifth time on Monday. Individual awards are a bit daft in ... Continue reading →

Italy boycott Ballon d’Or over Buffon absence

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Italy coach Antonio Conte and captain Gianluigi Buffon did not participate in the Ballon d'Or vote at the request of their federation in protest at Buffon's absence from the list of candidates, Italian media reported on Tuesday.

The veteran Juventus goalkeeper did not make the preliminary list released in October with five goalkeepers chosen ahead of him Manuel Neuer, Iker Casillas, Thibaut Courtois, Claudio Bravo and David Ospina.

Italy boycott Ballon d’Or over Buffon absence

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Italy coach Antonio Conte and captain Gianluigi Buffon did not participate in the Ballon d'Or vote at the request of their federation in protest at Buffon's absence from the list of candidates, Italian media reported on Tuesday.

The veteran Juventus goalkeeper did not make the preliminary list released in October with five goalkeepers chosen ahead of him Manuel Neuer, Iker Casillas, Thibaut Courtois, Claudio Bravo and David Ospina.

Lionel Messi would trade his five Ballon d’Ors for one World Cup

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Lionel Messi said on Monday he would swap all his individual awards including five Ballon d'Or trophies for a single World Cup win.

Asked what he would choose between his plethora of Ballon d'Or awards and a World Cup, the 28-year-old said: "The World Cup, of course."

He added: "Team awards are more important than individual ones.

Lionel Messi would trade his five Ballon d’Ors for one World Cup

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Lionel Messi said on Monday he would swap all his individual awards including five Ballon d'Or trophies for a single World Cup win.

Asked what he would choose between his plethora of Ballon d'Or awards and a World Cup, the 28-year-old said: "The World Cup, of course."

He added: "Team awards are more important than individual ones.

Messi beats out Ronaldo, Neymar to claim fifth Ballon d'Or

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Like many of the years that preceded it, 2015 was the year of Lionel Messi.

FIFA announced on Monday that the Barcelona and Argentina star has been recognized with his fifth Ballon d'Or. Messi, who claimed the award four straight times from 2009-12, received41.33% of votes to top 2014 and 2015 winnerCristiano Ronaldo (27.

Lionel Messi Is Your 2015 Ballon d’Or Winner

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Just as the prophecy foretold, Lionel Messi has just been crowned as the 2015 Ballon d'Or winner at the glitzy (and painfully bloated) award ceremony in Zurich.

#Messi has won the FIFA Ballon d'Or #BallondOr https://t.co/XA2rmWKNGF pic.

Lionel Messi Is Your 2015 Ballon d’Or Winner (Photos)

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Just as the prophecy foretold, Lionel Messi has just been crowned as the 2015 Ballon d'Or winner at the glitzy (and painfully bloated) award ceremony in Zurich.

#Messi has won the FIFA Ballon d'Or #BallondOr https://t.

Messi widely tipped to regain FIFA Ballon d’Or

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Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi is targeting an unprecedented fifth Ballon d'Or award in Zurich on Monday, with the Argentine heavily favored to reclaim the prize from three-time winner Cristiano Ronaldo.

Brazil striker Neymar, who plays alongside Messi at Barca, is also in the running to be crowned world player of the year after he was included on the three-man shortlist for the first time.

Messi widely tipped to regain FIFA Ballon d’Or

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Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi is targeting an unprecedented fifth Ballon d'Or award in Zurich on Monday, with the Argentine heavily favored to reclaim the prize from three-time winner Cristiano Ronaldo.

Brazil striker Neymar, who plays alongside Messi at Barca, is also in the running to be crowned world player of the year after he was included on the three-man shortlist for the first time.

Statistically Comparing the Ballon d’Or Finalists

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Statistically Comparing the Ballon d'Or Finalists - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

2015 has come to a close, meaning that the Ballon d'Or is here. The most prestigious prize in world football will be announced later today. It has been an incredible calendar year for fans to enjoy with three players stealing the spotlight.

Nominees for the FIFA Ballon d’Or 2015

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The contenders for this year's FIFA Ballon d'Or Award for the best player of 2015 and for the FIFA Women's World Player of the Year 2015 Award have been announced.



The nominees for the FIFA Ballon d'Or are: Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal/Real Madrid), Lionel Messi (Argentina/FC Barcelona) and Neymar (Brazil/FC Barcelona).

Does the Union have Rosenberry’s rights? Lloyd FIFA Women’s Player of the Year finalist, Crew-Timbers MLS Cup final, more

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Union bits. Carli Lloyd a finalist for FIFA's World Player of the Year for Women. Columbus and Portland advance to MLS Cup final. More news.

FIFA award nominees: Lionel Messi, Neymar, Cristiano Ronaldo on shortlist for Ballon d’Or

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Barcelona pair Lionel Messi and Neymar were on Monday named on the shortlist for FIFA's prestigious Ballon d'Or along with double reigning title holder, Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid.

While Portuguese Ronaldo has triumphed over the last two seasons (in a total of three wins), Argentinian Messi has previously claimed the coveted award four times, while Brazilian Neymar makes the shortlist for FIFA's player of the year award for the first time.

FIFA award nominees: Lionel Messi, Neymar, Cristiano Ronaldo on shortlist for Ballon d’Or

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Barcelona pair Lionel Messi and Neymar were on Monday named on the shortlist for FIFA's prestigious Ballon d'Or along with double reigning title holder, Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid.

While Portuguese Ronaldo has triumphed over the last two seasons (in a total of three wins), Argentinian Messi has previously claimed the coveted award four times, while Brazilian Neymar makes the shortlist for FIFA's player of the year award for the first time.

FIFA 2015 Ballon d’Or: Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi And Neymar Make Up Stellar Three-Man Shortlist

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First came the long-longlist, then came the short-longlist, then the long-shortlist and now FIFA have finally seen fit to furnish us with the final shortlist for the 2015 Ballon d'Or award and there are no prizes for guessing the three names on the list.

As expected, we're looking at Lionel Messi+Cristiano Ronaldo + A.

Is Mesut Ozil TOO big-headed?

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It is not just for Arsenal that this season is important – because they are supposed to make a run for the title. It is equally important for their mercurial German midfielder Mesut Ozil. The former Real Madrid star has not entirely convinced the fans and the club of his ability to go to the [...]

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Cristiano Ronaldo Raises €600,000 For Charity By Donating One Of His Ballon d’Or Awards To Make-A-Wish Auction

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Cristiano Ronaldo has freed up a bit of space on his mantelpiece (and raised a decent wedge of money for charity) by donating one of his four Ballon d'Or awards to the Make-a-Wish foundation.

Ronaldo's trinket was entered into a charity auction earlier in the week where it eventually sold for €600,000.

‘Phenom’ Ronaldo deserves Ballon d’Or – Zidane

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Madrid (AFP) Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane backed Cristiano Ronaldo's case for a fourth Ballon d'Or on Friday despite the Portuguese superstar's current struggles in front of goal.

Ronaldo won both the Champions League with Real and Portugal's first ever major tournament at Euro 2016 to make him the favourite to land the award for the world's best player on January 9 next year.

Midday Ticker: CONMEBOL bans Fred; Blatter letter revealed; and more

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Still reeling from a disappointing Copa America performance, five-time World Champion Brazil now faces some more trouble.

CONMEBOL, South America's soccer governing body, announced on Tuesday that Brazilian midfielder Fred has been bannedfor one year after allegedly dopingat this summer's Copa America in Chile.

Union bits, Trusty, training compensation update, more

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News bits for Tuesday.

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Mesut Ozil can win a Ballon d’Or at Arsenal

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Mesut Ozil has been a long-standing favorite for critiques and critics alike. More than a year ago, as the German returned from an injury that kept him out for the more decisive part of the season, the shadows of detractors lurked over his shoulders, cavorting and taunting the German about his physical shortcomings and the failure to live up to his supposedly bloated price tag.

Mesut Ozil can win a Ballon d’Or at Arsenal

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Mesut Ozil has been a long-standing favorite for critiques and critics alike. More than a year ago, as the German returned from an injury that kept him out for the more decisive part of the season, the shadows of detractors lurked over his shoulders, cavorting and taunting the German about his physical shortcomings and the failure to live up to his supposedly bloated price tag.

Bale’s agent trashes Manchester United move, talks up Ballon D’Or chances

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The agent of Real Madrid star Gareth Bale has laughed off talks linking the Welshman with a move away from the Bernabeu outfit, while also talking up his Ballon D'Or prospects.

Jonathan Barnett, Bale's agent, was speaking at yesterday's Soccerex conference in Manchester, and fielded questions regarding speculation surrounding the player with a move away from Real Madrid.

Sergio Aguero believes he can win the Ballon d’Or while at Manchester City

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Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero believes the club can give him the platform to become a Ballon d'Or winner.

Aguero has scored 107 goals for City in 163 appearances since joining the club in a £38million transfer from Atletico Madrid four years ago.

The 2014-15 campaign was his most impressive, with 32 goals in 41 games vindicating a change of training regime and diet after past problems with muscle injuries.

Sergio Aguero believes he can win the Ballon d’Or while at Manchester City

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Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero believes the club can give him the platform to become a Ballon d'Or winner.

Aguero has scored 107 goals for City in 163 appearances since joining the club in a £38million transfer from Atletico Madrid four years ago.

The 2014-15 campaign was his most impressive, with 32 goals in 41 games vindicating a change of training regime and diet after past problems with muscle injuries.

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Fact Attack: Ruud Gullit Is The Only Player With Dreadlocks Or A Moustache To Win The Ballon d’Or

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Having won the trophy himself the previous year, Gullit poses alongside 1988 Ballon d'Or winner Marco van Basten. Milan players dominated the podium, finishing first, second (Gullit) and third (Rijkaard)

With the Ballon d'Or ceremony scheduled to get cracking in Zurich at some point this evening, the BBC have concerned themselves with examining the genetic make-up of every single winner from the past 59 years to ascertain the'perfect' Ballon d'Or candidate.

FIFA Announce Co-Hosts For 2015 Ballon d’Or Gala Will Be Kate Abdo And That Bloke From The Yellow Pages Adverts

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In their infinite wisdom, FIFA have announced that the dual hosts for the next month's Ballon d'Or ceremony will be Kate Abdo and James Nesbitt.

One is a multilingual British sports presenter, the other is that bloke with the eyebrows from Cold Feet/the Yellow Pages adverts.

Naturally.

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Luis Enrique and Lionel Messi lament Luis Suarez’s absence from the Ballon d’Or shortlist

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Barcelona boss Luis Enrique admitted he feels for Luis Suarez after the Uruguayan missed out on joining teammates Lionel Messi and Neymar as one of the three finalists for the 2015 Ballon d'Or. Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo will join Messi and Neymar on the podium in Zurich on Jan.

Luis Enrique and Lionel Messi lament Luis Suarez’s absence from the Ballon d’Or shortlist

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Barcelona boss Luis Enrique admitted he feels for Luis Suarez after the Uruguayan missed out on joining teammates Lionel Messi and Neymar as one of the three finalists for the 2015 Ballon d'Or. Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo will join Messi and Neymar on the podium in Zurich on Jan.

The Rest

15 Weird, Wonderful And/Or Scarcely Believable Ballon d’Or Nominees From Over The Years

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With the Ballon d'Or long-list pumped out yesterday, Pies thought we'd have a look at some of the stranger names to have received nominations over the years.

We've only included nominees dating from1990 onwards, specifically because we couldn't be bothered to trawl back any further than that.

Monday Kickoff: Ballon d'Or shortlist revealed; Liga MX semis set; and more

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The three finalists for the FIFA Ballon d'Or were announced on Monday, and there were no real surprise inclusions.

FIFA revealed that Real Madrid star and reigning Ballon d'Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo will have to defend his award against two Barcelona teammates. Argentine playmaker Lionel Messi and Brazilian winger Neymar round out this year's finalists for the annual award.