(Reuters) – Dutch centre back Virgil van Dijk is one of seven Liverpool players on the 30-man shortlist for this year’s Ballon d’Or, with the Champions League winners dominating the nominations for France Football magazine’s prestigious award.
Van Dijk’s club team mates Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Georginio Wijnaldum and Alisson are also on the list, along with Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling, Riyad Mahrez, Kevin de Bruyne, Bernardo Silva and Sergio Aguero.
Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo and Barcelona’s Lionel Messi, who have won the award 10 times between them, are included, but Messi’s former team mate Neymar, who now plays for Paris St Germain, missed out.
Tottenham Hotspur striker Son Heung-min and goalkeeper Hugo Lloris made the cut, but there was no room for their team mate Harry Kane, while Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba was another high-profile omission.
Liverpool – Virgil van Dijk; Roberto Firmino; Alisson; Georginio Wijnaldum; Trent Alexander-Arnold; Sadio Mane; Mohammed Salah
Manchester City – Bernardo Silva; Riyad Mahrez; Kevin de Bruyne; Raheem Sterling; Sergio Aguero
Tottenham Hotspur – Son Heung-min; Hugo Lloris
Barcelona – Lionel Messi; Antoine Griezmann; Frenkie de Jong; Marc-Andre ter Stegen
Real Madrid – Eden Hazard; Karim Benzema
Juventus – Cristiano Ronaldo; Matthijs de Ligt
Bayern Munich – Robert Lewandowski
Ajax Amsterdam – Dusan Tadic; Donny van de Beek
Paris St Germain – Kylian Mbappe; Marquinhos
Arsenal – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
Napoli – Kalidou Koulibaly
Atletico Madrid – Joao Felix
(Reporting by Simon Jennings in Bengaluru; Editing by Christian Schmollinger)