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Chelsea Star Makes Ballon d'Or 2017 Shortlist

Chelsea Star Makes Ballon d'Or 2017 Shortlist

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.

Paris Saint-Germain's Neymar, Real Madrid trio Sergio Ramos, Marcelo and Luka Modric, and Barcelona striker Luis Suarez have also made the shortlist of 30.

Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho has also been named among the first 10 nominees for the Ballon d'Or 2017, France Football has revealed.

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.

Others in the shortlist are Italy's Leonardo Bonucci, Frances's Karim Benzema, former African footballer of the Year, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Edison Cavani and Matts Hummels.

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From winning Ballon d'Ors to clinching the historic UEFA Euro with Portugal, Cristiano Ronaldo is a player, who has accomplished everything the world of football has to offer in club and country both.

With Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur all having players nominated for the prize, the Premier League has more clubs on the shortlist of 30 players than any fellow European competition.

Neymar, who left Barcelona to join PSG this summer in a world-record move, came third in the voting in 2015 and was fifth past year, while Suarez has yet to make it into the final three-man selection.

However, France Football in September 2016 announced that it had ended its deal with FIFA over the Ballon d'Or.