Cristiano Ronaldo Makes 2016 Ballon d’Or Shortlist
Three-time world player of the year Cristiano Ronaldo has been shortlisted alongside his Real Madrid teammate Gareth Bale for the 2016 Ballon d’Or.
Both were shortlisted on Monda, the list also included Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero, Borussia Dortmund’s, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Juventus veteran goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon.
Ballon d’Or sponsors France Football magazine are releasing the names of the 30 shortlisted players in batches of five over the course of Monday. Argentine superstar Lionel Messi was expected to be added later.
Cristiano Ronaldo, who won the award in 2008, 2013 & 2014, is getting set for a fourth Ballon d’Or when captaining Portugal to Euro 2016 glory and inspiring Real Madrid to an 11th Champions League triumph. Another player that made the list is Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann
The winner will be will be determined by a vote of journalists – players (national team captains) and managers will no longer have a say after the ending of a five-year deal between France football and FIFA.
The first Ballon d’Or was won by Stanley Matthews, at the time with Blackpool, who beat Alfredo Di Stefano for the inaugural title in 1956.
Last year’s honour went to Messi, the Barcelona and Argentina legend making him win it for the fifth time.