Neymar makes the cut for the 2016 Ballon d’Or
Neymar is on the run for the 2016 Ballon d’Or award, after seeing his name in France Football’s final list.
The 30-list names was revealedÂ this Monday and the club more represented is Real Madrid with 6 players (20%). The European Champions will deposit their hopes in Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, Kroos, Modric, Pepe and Sergio Ramos.
Right behind the Merengues comes Barcelona and Bayern Munich, both clubs having 4 players eachÂ featuring in this list.
BarĂ§a will haveÂ Lionel Messi, Neymar, Iniesta and Luis SuĂˇrez trying to win this prestigiousÂ award, while Bayern Munich will have to rely onÂ Lewandowski , Muller, Neuer and Vidal.
Here is full list on a club breakdown level:
1. Real Madrid: Cristiano Ronaldo, Bale, Kroos, Modric, Pepe, Ramos
2. Barcelona: Iniesta, Messi, SuĂˇrez, Neymar
3. Bayern Munich: Lewandowski, Muller, Neuer, Vidal
4. Atletico Madrid: GodĂn, Griezmann, Koke,
5. Juventus: Buffon, Dybala, HiguaĂn
6. Manchester City: Aguero, De Bruyne
7. Leicester City: Vardy, Mahrez
8. Dortmund: Aubameyang
9. Tottenham: Lloris
10. West Ham: Payet
11. Sporting: Rui PatrĂcio
This new and revampedÂ France Football Ballon d’OrÂ marks the break-up betweenÂ the French magazine andÂ FIFA, who have beenÂ handing a co-joint award since 2010. The rules have also changed substantially and unlike what happened in previous years, this time only international journalists will vote for the best player in the world. National Team coaches and captains will no longer have a say in the voting.
The shortlist also changed from a 23-name list into a 30-name list andÂ we won’t hear the names of the 3 most voted players until the award is delivered. As for the ceremony date,Â it will go down somewhere in December, and not in January of the year after, like FIFA had the habit of doing. Got any favorite already?Â Our guess is that we could be seeingÂ aÂ surprise, even though Neymar chances are still extremely low unfortunately…
In the meantime and whileÂ we get near to the decisive date, here’s a very entertaining quizz from Paddy Power Premier League OddsÂ for the mostÂ avid football fans.
Sources: espnfc.com / fcbarcelona.com