The 32-year-old, who helped Real win the Champions League and La Liga last season, is one of seven Real players on the list - the most from any team. Should the Portugal forward triumph, he will equal the record of his great rival and five-times winner Lionel Messi of Barcelona, who is also nominated.
Cristiano Ronaldo for club & country in 2017: 44 games ? 42 goals ⚽️ 11 assists ?️ Going for his 5th Ballon d'Or. pic.twitter.com/dOwnIBowR2— Squawka Football (@Squawka) October 9, 2017
England striker Harry Kane is among seven Premier League players nominated, alongside Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho and Sadio Mane, Manchester United's David de Gea, Chelsea's N'Golo Kante and Eden Hazard, and Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne.
Does Neymar deserve the Ballon d'Or? The PSG man makes a compelling case ... pic.twitter.com/WkRVcrk0uoOctober 10, 2017
Ballon d'Or nominee ? pic.twitter.com/ROnQQZbQ6q— Liverpool FC (@LFC) October 9, 2017
Shortlist: Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) Kevin De Bruyne (Man City) David de Gea (Man Utd) Paulo Dybala (Juventus) Edin Dzeko (Roma) Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) N'Golo Kante (Chelsea) Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich) Marcelo (Real Madrid) Dries Mertens (Napoli) Luka Modric (Real Madrid) Neymar (PSG) Jan Oblak (Atletico Madrid) Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid) Luis Suarez (Barcelona) Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid) Toni Kroos (Real Madrid) Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus) Sadio Mane (Liverpool) Radamel Falcao (Monaco) Lionel Messi (Barcelona) Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Borussia Dortmund) Edinson Cavani (PSG) Mats Hummels (Bayern Munich) Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) Eden Hazard (Chelsea) Leonardo Bonucci (AC Milan) Isco (Real Madrid) Kylian Mbappe (PSG)
The full Ballon d'Or 2017 nominee shortlist has been confirmed. 30 of football's finest. ? pic.twitter.com/uHp47LCU5u— Squawka News (@SquawkaNews) October 9, 2017