Published: Wed, October 11, 2017
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Here's why Cristiano Ronaldo thinks Lionel Messi will struggle in Premier League

Here's why Cristiano Ronaldo thinks Lionel Messi will struggle in Premier League

France Football annually awards the Ballon d'Or to the world's best football player.

The French newspaper has chosen to stagger the nominees throughout Monday.

Cristiano Ronaldo will be the favourite to retain his Ballon d'Or as he was named to the 30-man shortlist alongside the likes of Lionel Messi, Neymar, Luis Suarez, Harry Kane and Robert Lewandowski.

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Tottenham Hotspur forward Harry Kane and Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne are both nominated for the Ballon d'Or.

Hazard's teammate N'Golo Kante, now nursing a thigh injury sustained on worldwide duty with France, also makes the cut, along with Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne.

The Ballon d'Or is judged exclusively by a panel of journalists after FIFA and France Football ended their partnership in 2015. The Frenchman won the PFA Players Player of the Year, the Football Writers' Player of the Season and picked up his second Premier League medal in as many seasons, after winning the title with Leicester City in 2015-16.

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The award, which returned to France Football's jurisdiction a year ago for the first time since 2009 after the magazine's split with FIFA, is now held by Cristiano Ronaldo.

Andres Iniesta has not been nominated for the prize for the first time since 2008.

Real Madrid's Welsh forward Gareth Bale, who finished sixth in last year's rankings, did not make the list after a 2017 campaign where injury took away much of his playing time.

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