Liverpool stars make Ballon d’Or shortlist

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A raft of Liverpool’s Champions League winners, including Sadio Mane, Virgil van Dijk and Roberto Firmino, have been included on the Ballon d’Or’s 30-man shortlist, which will be completed later this evening.

Mane was among the first five nominees revealed by France Football on Monday, with team-mates Alisson, Georginio Wijnaldum and Trent Alexander-Arnold also being named.

Manchester City pair Sergio Aguero and Bernardo Silva made the cut too, alongside Champions League runners-up Hugo Lloris and Heung-Min Son from Tottenham.

Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has also been included in the 30-strong list, as have World Cup winner Kylian Mbappe and five-time Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo.

So far, 20 players have been announced ahead of the ceremony on December 2 at the Theatre du Chatelet in Paris, with Luka Modric breaking the Lionel Messi and Ronaldo stronghold on the trophy with his 2018 victory.

More to follow…

The full shortlist

  • Sadio Mane (Liverpool)
  • Hugo Lloris (Tottenham)
  • Dusan Tadic (Ajax)
  • Frenkie De Jong (Barcelona)
  • Sergio Aguero (Man City)
  • Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool)
  • Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal)
  • Kylian Mbappe (PSG)
  • Marc-Andre Ter Stegen (Barcelona)
  • Donny van de Beek (Ajax)
  • Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus)
  • Alisson Becker (Liverpool)
  • Matthijs de Ligt (Juventus)
  • Karim Benzema (Real Madrid)
  • Georginio Wijnaldum (Liverpool)
  • Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool)
  • Bernardo Silva (Man City)
  • Heung-Min Son (Tottenham)
  • Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich)
  • Roberto Firmino (Liverpool)