Ron­aldo, Bale on Bal­lon d'Or short­list

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THREE-TIME world player of the year Cris­tiano Ron­aldo will have to take on Real Madrid team­mate Gareth Bale for the Bal­lon d'Or. Both were on the 2016 short­list an­nounced yes­ter­day which also fea­tured Manch­ester City’s Ser­gio Aguero, Borus­sia Dort­mund’s Gabon striker Pierre-Em­er­ick Aubameyang and Ju­ven­tus vet­eran goal­keeper Gian­luigi Buf­fon.

Bal­lon d’Or spon­sors France Foot­ball mag­a­zine were re­leas­ing the names of the 30 short­listed play­ers in batches of five over the course of yes­ter­day. Ar­gen­tine su­per­star Lionel Messi was ex­pected to be added later.

Ron­aldo, who won the award in 2008 and 2013-14, set him­self up 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 to make the list is Atletico Madrid’s An­toine Griez­mann, one of the stars for hosts and beaten fi­nal­ists France at Euro 2016. 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 Ron­aldo’s arch ri­val Messi, the Barcelona and Ar­gentina leg­end win­ning it for the fifth time. — AFP

Cris­tiano Ron­aldo and Gareth Bale

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