Wales and Real Madrid striker Gareth Bale is listed among the 11 La Liga players with the Premier League and Bundesliga each have five players in the 23 membered short list.
Manchester City’s three-star players Sergio Aguero, Kevin De Bruyne and Yaya Toure have been shortlisted. Chelsea’s Eden Hazard and Arsenal striker Alexis Sanchez also features in the prestigious list.
But the major news is, yet again Barcelona and Real Madrid dominate the list.
Bale is there along with last year’s winner fellow Real team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema, Toni Kroos and James Rodriguez. On the other hand, from Barcelona its none other than Lionel Messi alongside his four Barca team-mates Neymar, Luis Suarez, Andres Iniesta and Ivan Rakitic.
Bayern Munich are represented by the likes of Robert Lewandowski, Manuel Neuer, Thomas Muller, Arturo Vidal and Arjen Robben.
Juventus star Paul Pogba and Paris St Germain’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic name complete the Ballon d’Or shortlist.
From Premiere League, Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger are both present on a 10-man shortlist for the coach of the year award. The two veteran coaches find themselves alongside Barcelona’s Champions League-winning manager Luis Enrique and Bayern Munich’s Spanish manager Pep Guardiola.
Surprisingly Chile coach Jorge Sampaoli is the only national team coach who has managed to feature his name on the list. Apart from these men, Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri, Sevilla’s Unai Emery, Laurent Blanc of PSG, Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone and Carlo Ancelotti, the former Real Madrid manager are also in the list.
BALLON D’OR SHORTLIST: Sergio Aguero (Argentina/Manchester City), Gareth Bale (Wales/Real Madrid), Karim Benzema (France/Real Madrid), Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal/Real Madrid), Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium/Manchester City), Eden Hazard (Belgium/Chelsea),
Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Sweden/Paris St Germain), Andres Iniesta (Spain/Barcelona), Toni Kroos (Germany/Real Madrid), Robert Lewandowski (Poland/Bayern Munich), Javier Mascherano (Argentina/Barcelona)
Lionel Messi (Argentina/Barcelona), Thomas Muller (Germany/Bayern Munich), Manuel Neuer (Germany/Bayern Munich), Neymar (Brazil/Barcelona), Paul Pogba (France/Juventus), Ivan Rakitic (Croatia/Barcelona), Arjen Robben (Holland/Bayern Munich)
James Rodriguez (Colombia/Real Madrid), Alexis Sanchez (Chile/Arsenal), Luis Suarez (Uruguay/Barcelona), Yaya Toure (Ivory Coast/Manchester City), Arturo Vidal (Chile/Bayern Munich).
COACH OF THE YEAR SHORTLIST: Massimiliano Allegri (Juventus), Carlo Ancelotti (Formerly of Real Madrid), Laurent Blanc (Paris St Germain), Unai Emery (Sevilla), Pep Guardiola (Bayern Munich), Luis Enrique (Barcelona), Jose Mourinho (Chelsea), Jorge Sampaoli (Chile), Diego Simeone (Atletico Madrid), Arsene Wenger (Arsenal).