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21 October 2019 22:44

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Ballon d’Or 2019 shortlist in full: Virgil van Dijk, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo among 30 nominees

The likes of Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Virgil van Dijk will today learn whether they are in the running for the most prestigious individual prize in football, as the 2019 Ballon d'Or shortlist is announced. Sadio Mane (Liverpool), Hugo Lloris (Tottenham), Dusan Tadic (Ajax), Frenkie De Jong (Barcelona), Sergio Aguero (Man City) Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool), Bernardo Silva (Man City), Heung-Min Son (Tottenham), Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich), Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Riyad Mahrez (Man City), Kevin De Bruyne (Man City), Kalidou Koulibaly (Napoli), Antoine Griezmann (Atlético Madrid) So the 30 nominated male players are, in full: Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool/Netherlands) Marc-André ter Stegen (Barcelona/Germany) Kopa nominees This is the award for the best young player in the world in 2019. Kang-in Lee (Valencia/South Korea) Advertisement Megan Rapinoe is one of the strong favourites to win the women's Ballon d'Or award, as is her US teammate Alex Morgan. With 10 to come, here's a reminder of who we've had: Sadio Mane (Liverpool), Hugo Lloris (Tottenham), Dusan Tadic (Ajax), Frenkie De Jong (Barcelona), Sergio Aguero (Man City) Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool), Bernardo Silva (Man City), Heung-Min Son (Tottenham), Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich), Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is not the only Arsenal striker nominated tonight. Here are five more nominees for the women's Ballon d'Or: Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride) Vivianne Miedema (Arsenal) Dzenifer Marozsan (Lyon) Pernille Harder (Wolfsburg) Sarah Bouhaddi (Lyon) It's been a good night for Liverpool so far...

Advertisement The first players have been nominated for the women's Ballon d'Or: Sam Kerr (Chicago Red Stars) Ellen White (Man City) Nilla Fischer (Wolfsburg) Amandine Henry (Lyon) Lucy Bronze (Lyon) Again, it's a double nomination for Liverpool as Van Dijk, amongst the three favourites to win the Ballon d'Or, and Firmino are added to the shortlist. The next five have been announced: Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool) Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) Heung-min Son (Spurs) Robert Lewandowski (Bayern) Bernardo Silva.(Man City) Can he improve on his highest finish of 11th? Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Virgil van Dijk are among the 30 players to have been named on the shortlist for this year's Ballon d'Or by France Football. The trio were the top three in voting for Fifa's The Best award earlier this year, with Liverpool defender van Dijk taking the prize after helping the Reds to Champions League glory. Van Dijk was joined by a host of his Champions League-winning teammates as Liverpool had seven players nominated, more than any other club.

Front three Mo Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane all made the list, along with Dutch midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum, goalkeeper Alisson, and Trent Alexander-Arnold, who was one of two English players nominated. Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Spurs pair Hugo Lloris and Son Heung-Min completed the list of current Premier League players in the mix, though former Chelsea winger Eden Hazard, who joined Real Madrid in the summer, was also nominated, but there was no place for England captain Harry Kane. Four players involved in Ajax's superb run to the Champions League semi-finals earned nomination, with Dusan Tadic and Donny van de Beek joined by Matthjis de Ligt and Frenkie de Jong, now at Juventus and Barcelona, respectively. Virgil van Dijk and Lionel Messi lead the 30-man shortlist for the prestigious Ballon d'Or. Van Dijk is joined by Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane, Alisson, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Georginio Wijnaldum as seven members of Jurgen Klopp's side were recognised after their Champions League success. A host of Premier League stars feature including Arsenal's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Tottenham's Hugo Lloris and Heung-min Son plus Manchester City stars Raheem Sterling, Bernardo Silva, Sergio Aguero, Kevin De Bruyne and Riyad Mahrez.

Four of Ajax's Champions League semi-finals side appeared, with youngsters Frenkie de Jong and Matthijs De Ligt, now with Barcelona and Juventus respectively, including alongside Donny van de Beek and Dusan Tadic. The Women's Ballon d'Or shortlist featured England's World Cup heroes Lucy Bronze and Ellen White as well as American World Cup winners Alex Morgan and Megan Rapinoe. Sadio Mane, Sergio Aguero, Dusan Tadic, Hugo Lloris, Frenkie de Jong, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Kylian Mbappe, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Donny van de Beek, Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Karim Benzema, Georginio Wijnaldum, Cristiano Ronaldo, Alisson and Matthijs de Ligt, Virgil van Dijk, Heung-min Son, Robert Lewandowski, Roberto Firmino, Bernardo Silva, Lionel Messi, Riyad Mahrez, Kevin De Bruyne, Kalidou Koulibaly, Antoine Griezmann, Eden Hazard, Mohamed Salah, Marquinhos, Joao Felix, Raheem Sterling. Kosovare Asllani, Sarah Bouhaddi, Lucy Bronze, Nilla Fischer, Pernille Harder, Ada Hegerberg, Tobin Heath, Amandine Henry, Sofia Jakobsson, Sam Kerr, Rose Lavelle, Dzsenifer Marozsan, Marta, Lieke Martens, Viviane Miedema, Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe, Wendie Renard, Sari van Veenendal, Ellen White. LIONEL MESSI, Cristiano Ronaldo and Virgil van Dijk are the headline names on this year's Ballon d'Or 30-man longlist.

France Football revealed the coveted list throughout this evening and it unsurprisingly features the world's best players, including seven Liverpool players after they won the Champions League. 3 Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Virgil van Dijk are the headline names on the Ballon d'Or shortlist Credit: Getty - Contributor But this year they face competition from Liverpool defender Van Dijk, who played a pivotal role in the Reds' Champions League glory. Portugal pipped Van Dijk's Netherlands in the final while Manchester City did just enough to win the Premier League by one point ahead of Liverpool. Seven of Jurgen Klopp's Champions League-winning side are in while the likes of Sergio Aguero, Heung-min Son and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang also made the cut. Ballon d'Or 2019 30-man Longlist Kylian MBAPPE Trent ALEXANDER-ARNOLD Donny VAN DE BEEK Pierre-Emerick AUBAMEYANG Marc-Andre TER STEGEN Sadio MANE Sergio AGUERO Frenkie DE JONG Cristiano RONALDO ALISSON Matthijs DE LIGT Karim BENZEMA Georginio WIJNALDUM Hugo LLORIS Dusan TADIC Virgil VAN DIJK Bernardo SILVA Heung-min SON Robert LEWANDOWSKI Roberto FIRMINO Lionel MESSI Riyad MAHREZ Kevin DE BRUYNE Kalidou KOULIBALY Antoine GRIEZMANN Mohamed SALAH Eden HAZARD MARQUINHOS Raheem STERLING Joao FELIX Sadio Mane was one of the nominees announced early in the prolonged process, and was soon joined by Champions League-winning team-mates Alisson Becker and Georginio Wijnaldum.

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There was further recognition for the Anfield club too when Virgil van Dijk and Roberto Firmino were added to the list, and they were quickly followed by Trent Alexander-Arnold. There was further Premier League representation in the form of Manchester City duo Sergio Aguero and Bernardo Silva, Tottenham pair Hugo Lloris and Son Heung-min, and Arsenal forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Five-times winner Cristiano Ronaldo was also included on what will eventually be a 30-man list, as was his former Real Madrid team-mate Karim Benzema and current club colleague Matthijs De Ligt. Paris Saint-Germain's World Cup winner Kylian Mbappe also made the cut along with Barcelona's Frenkie De Jong and Marc-Andre Ter Stegen, Ajax pair Dusan Tadic and Donny Van De Beek, and Bayern Munich's Poland frontman Robert Lewandowski. Atletico Madrid: Joao Felix Barcelona: Frenkie de Jong, Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Lionel Messi, Antoine Griezmann. Liverpool: Sadio Mane, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Alisson, Georginio Wijnaldum, Virgil van Djik, Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah Manchester City: Sergio Aguero, Bernardo Silva, Riyad Mahrez, Kevin de Bruyne, Raheem Sterling. Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool), Bernardo Silva (Manchester City), Son Heung-min (Tottenham), Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich) Roberto Firmino (Liverpool). Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus), Alisson (Liverpool), Matthijs de Ligt (Juventus), Karim Benzema (Real Madrid), Georginio Wijnaldum (Liverpool). Kylian Mbappe (PSG), Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Donny van de Beek (Ajax), Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal), Marc-Andre Ter Stegen (Barcelona). The first five are… Sadio Mane (Liverpool), Sergio Aguero (Manchester City), Frenkie de Jong (Barcelona), Hugo Lloris (Tottenham), Dusan Tadic (Ajax). Ballon d'Or 2019 nominees LIVE: Updates with Van Dijk eyeing prize France Football will announce their 30-man Ballon d'Or shortlist on Monday afternoon. Virgil van Dijk, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are in the running to land the prestigious prize. Liverpool centre-back Van Dijk is the favourite to win the Ballon d'Or after a fine season under Jurgen Klopp. Van Dijk was named UEFA's Player of the Year in August, with Messi winning FIFA's The Best Men's Player in September. France Football select 30 players for their Ballon d'Or shortlist.