Hazard and Kante in the running for Ballon d'Or
news Mon 9 Oct 2017
Eden Hazard and N’Golo Kante have been nominated for the Ballon d’Or following their exceptional performances during our title-winning campaign.
Kante 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. Hazard was named on the 30-man shortlist later on Monday.
Kante played a crucial part in our title triumph last season having joined from Leicester. His performances were recognised 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.
Hazard was outstanding throughout too, scoring a career-high 16 Premier League goals. Blues fans voted him their Chelsea Player of the Year for the third time.
No one has won the Ballon d'Or award as a Chelsea player, but former Blues Andriy Shevchenko (2004), George Weah (1995) and Ruud Gullit (1987) were all winners while with AC Milan.
Frank Lampard has the best showing by a player while at Chelsea. He finished second in 2005. Drogba was fourth in the 2007 awards. The award was initiated in 1956 when Stanley Matthews was victorious.
This year’s winner will be revealed on December 6.
The full shortlist is:
Neymar, Paris Saint-Germain, Brazil
Luka Modric, Real Madrid, Croatia
Paulo Dybala, Juventus, Argentina
Marcelo, Real Madrid, Brazil
N'Golo Kante, Chelsea, France
Luis Suarez, Barcelona, Uruguay
Sergio Ramos, Real Madrid, Spain
Jan Oblak, Atletico Madrid, Slovenia
Philippe Coutinho, Liverpool, Brazil
Dries Mertens, Napoli, Belgium
Kevin De Bruyne, Manchester City, Belgium
Robert Lewandowski, Bayern Munich, Poland
David De Gea, Manchester United, Spain
Harry Kane, Tottenham Hotspur, England
Edin Dzeko, Roma, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Antoine Griezmann, Atletico Madrid, France
Toni Kroos, Real Madrid, Germany
Gianluigi Buffon, Juventus, Italy
Sadio Mane, Liverpool, Senegal
Radamel Falcao, Monaco, Colombia
Lionel Messi, Barcelona, Argentina
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Borussia Dortmund, Gabon
Edinson Cavani, Paris Saint-Germain, Uruguay
Mats Hummels, Bayern Munich, Germany
Karim Benzema, Real Madrid, France
Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid, Portugal
Eden Hazard, Chelsea, Belgium
Leonardo Bonucci, AC Milan, Italy
Isco, Real Madrid, Spain
Kylian Mbappe, Paris Saint-Germain, France