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Barcelona forwards Neymar and Luis Suarez and
Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba are
among the latest players to be added to the
Ballon d’Or shortlist.
They are joined in the final two rounds of
nominees by Bayern Munich pair Manuel Neuer and
Arturo Vidal, West Ham midfielder Dimitri Payet,
Sporting goalkeeper Rui Patricio, Leicester City
striker Jamie Vardy and Real Madrid defenders
Pepe and Sergio Ramos.
Neymar enjoyed a stellar campaign at Camp Nou
as they won La Liga before captaining Brazil to
their first Olympic Gold Medal, while Suarez won
the European Golden Shoe during his second
season at Camp Nou.
Pogba, meanwhile, helped Juventus win the Serie A
title before completing a world-record transfer back
to United in the summer.
The pair join the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth
Bale and holder Lionel Messi on the 30-man
shortlist while Pogba’s United team-mate Zlatan
Ibrahimovic is also included.
Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann and
Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon will also be
among the favourites ahead of the ceremony on
January 9.
FULL 30: Sergio Aguero, Pierre-Emerick
Aubameyang, Gareth Bale, Gianluigi Buffon, Kevin
De Bruyne, Paulo Dybala, Diego Godin, Antoine
Griezmann, Gonzalo Higuain, Zlatan Ibrahimovic,
Andres Iniesta, Koke, Toni Kroos, Robert
Lewandowski, Hugo Lloris, Riyad Mahrez, Lionel
Messi, Luka Modric, Thomas Muller, Manuel Neuer,
Neymar, Rui Patricio, Dimitri Payet, Pepe, Paul
Pogba, Sergio Ramos, Cristiano Ronaldo, Luis
Suarez, Jamie Vardy, Arturo Vidal.