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Liverpool dominate Ballon d'Or shortlist with seven names

Liverpool dominate Ballon d'Or shortlist with seven names
Soccer Football - Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid, Spain - December 15, 2018 The Ballon d'Or trophy inside the stadium before the match REUTERS/Juan Medina/Files -
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(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.

30-MANSHORTLIST

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)

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