Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo was one of the first 10 nominees for the men’s Ballon d’Or trophy declareded on Monday, awarded by France Football magazine to the best player in the world.
The Portuguese has won the award from last two years and five times in total, a record he shares with Argentine Lione Messi who is expected to be included on the 30-man shortlist named throughout the day. Sportswear maker Nike Inc and video game maker Electronic Arts Inc, who both have worked with the five-time Champions League winner, stated last Thursday they were concerned about the allegations. A panel of journalists select the Ballon d’Or winner which was first established in 1956 and will this year feature a women’s award for the first time. The award combined with the FIFA World Player of the Year prize from 2010-15 to create the FIFA Ballon d’Or, but returned to France Football magazine in 2016 while FIFA established The Best awards.
The list of Men shortlisted so far: Sergio Aguero (Argentina, Manchester City) Alisson Becker (Brazil, Liverpool) Gareth Bale (Wales, Real Madrid) Karim Benzema (France, Real Madrid) Edinson Cavani (Uruguay, Paris St Germain) Thibaut Courtois (Belgium, Real Madrid) Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal, Juventus) Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium, Manchester City) Roberto Firmino (Brazil, Liverpool) Diego Godin (Uruguay, Atletico Madrid)