Ballon d’Or: EPL players dominate leaked 30-man nominee list
The 30-man contenders list for this year’s prestigious Ballon d’Or award has been leaked on Friday.
A total of 14 footballers from the Premier League dominated the nominee shortlist, making up a THIRD of the 30-man list, according to UK Mirror.
PSG's Lionel Messi last won the men's best footballer award, his sixth, in 2019 after the 2020 edition was cancelled amid the coronavirus pandemic.
According to the list leaked by journalist Karim Djaziri, Chelsea and Manchester City have five players each on the list, Manchester United have four while Liverpool and Tottenham have only one player apiece.
From Chelsea, Cesar Azpilicueta, N'Golo Kante, Romelu Lukaku, Mason Mount and Jorginho feature.
City have Kevin de Bruyne, Ruben Dias, Phil Foden, Riyad Mahrez and Raheem Sterling.
PSG have five on the shortlist, with Messi joined by Gianluigi Donnarumma, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.
Nicolas Barella, Leonardo Bonucci, Giorgio Chiellini, Simon Kjaer and Lautaro Martinez all represent Serie A.
And LaLiga have five in Karim Benzema, Luka Modric, Gerard Moreno, Pedri and Luis Suarez.
Bayern Munich's Robert Lewandowski and Borussia Dortmund's Erling Haaland are the only Bundesliga stars on the list.
The organisers of the prestigious award, France Football, are moments away from officially revealing their 30-man shortlist.