The Barcelona young star ‘Lionel Messi,’ was among those listed along side arc rival ‘Cristiano Ronaldo,’ in this 2016 Ballon d’Or. This two living legends have been have been taking this award for years now, making it look as if it’s an award for just both of them.

For the past few years it’s being Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo, when it comes to Ballon d’Or. Therefore, making difficult for other raising stars to make it up there. Some might want to ask why is it always Ronaldo or Messi. It’s simple there are just the best when it comes to football.

The energy and style they put cannot be underrated. A friend asked me if other players will raise and start taking Ballon d’Or when Messi and Ronaldo dies, to the point, I answered no!!! other players will start receiving Ballon d’Or award when they start working as hard as Messi and Ronaldo.

The France Football magazine has revealed that the 30 man Ballon d’Or nominee list will be released in bunches of 5 players throughout monday, 24th of october.


There have been a recent change in the award, it was initially organized by France since 1956, till last 6 years, when it was associated with the FIFA awards and it became FIFA Ballon d’Or. We recently learnt from a reliable source that it has been reversed to France Ballon d’Or.

The Barcelona forward, Lionel Messi has won the award 5 times, while Real Madrid Cristiano Ronaldo has won the award 3 times.

The French magazine has recently released the 30 names of 2016 Ballon d’Or nominees.

Below is the list:

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



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