Vardy, Mahrez competing with Messi, Ronaldo for Ballon d'Or

October 25, 2016
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PARIS (AP):

Leicester forwards Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy will try to break the domination of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in the annual Ballon d'Or award for the world's best player.

The stars of Leicester's surprise English Premier League title are among 30 players announced yesterday as candidates for the prize presented by France Football magazine.

Five-time winner Messi and three-time winner Ronaldo are the only previous winners nominated for a prize that is no longer linked to FIFA.

FIFA will continue to present its own world's best player award voted by national team coaches and captains plus media in January.

Candidates: Sergio Aguero (Manchester City, Argentina), Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Borussia Dortmund, Gabon), Gareth Bale (Real Madrid, Wales), Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus, Italy), Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid, Portugal), Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City, Belgium), Paulo Dybala (Juventus, Argentina), Diego Godin (Atletico Madrid, Uruguay), Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid, France), Gonzalo Higuain (Napoli-Juventus, Argentina), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Paris Saint-Germain-Manchester United, Sweden), Andres Iniesta (Barcelona, Spain), Koke (Atletico Madrid, Spain), Toni Kroos (Real Madrid, Germany), Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich, Poland), Hugo Lloris (Tottenham, France), Riyad Mahrez (Leicester, Algeria), Lionel Messi (Barcelona, Argentina), Luka Modric (Real Madrid, Croatia), Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich, Germany), Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich, Germany), Neymar (Barcelona, Brazil), Dimitri Payet (West Ham, France), Pepe (Real Madrid, Portugal), Paul Pogba (Manchester United, France), Rui Patricio (Sporting Lisbon, Portugal), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid, Spain), Luis Suarez (Barcelona, Uruguay), Jamie Vardy (Leicester, England), Arturo Vidal (Bayern Munich, Chile).

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