Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante has been nominated for the Ballon d’Or award after an amazing season with Chelsea.
The 26-year-old was one of the first five names revealed for the prestigious award, which was aligned with FIFA from 2010 to 2015. It is judged solely by a panel of journalists and is run by France Football magazine. The remaining names on the 30-man list will be released over the course of today.
Kante played a key role in Chelsea’s dominance last term in our title triumph last season after moving to Stamford Bridge from Leicester City. His performances earned him with individual awards as he was named the PFA Player of the Year and the FWA Footballer of the Year, as well as the Chelsea Players’ Player of the Year.
Kante was the first Premier League star to be announced in the running for the prestigious award. Although Cristiano has been tipped by many to win it, the Chelsea midfielder can go really far as he’s indeed one of the best.
— France Football (@francefootball) October 9, 2017
BALLON D’OR SHORTLIST SO FAR
Neymar – Paris Saint-Germain
N’Golo Kante – Chelsea
Luka Modric – Real Madrid
Paulo Dybala – Juventus
Marcelo – Real Madrid
Edin Dzeko – Roma
Harry Kane – Tottenham
David De Gea – Manchester United
Robert Lewandowski – Bayern Munich
Kevin De Bruyne – Manchester City
Philippe Coutinho – Liverpool
Luis Suarez – Barcelona
Jan Oblak – Atletico Madrid
Sergio Ramos – Real Madrid
Dries Mertens – Napoli