France global Antoine Griezmann has stressed that the Ballon d'Or award should be given to the member of the France World Cup team this year. Although Manchester United keeper David de Gea seems to have not been chosen in the shortlist for the footballing award.
While Messi, who last won the prize in 2015, enjoyed another year of stellar goalscoring feats, Barcelona's early Champions League exit and Argentina's failure to make the last eight of the World Cup have likely ruled him out of contention.
What is the Ballon d'Or? Ultimately Lloris' inclusion on the list is due to the fact that he captained France to World Cup Glory in Russian Federation.
Courtois is included after a season in which he won the FA Cup with Chelsea and came third at the World Cup with Belgium - winning the Golden Glove - before he moved to Real Madrid.
The likes of Luis Suarez, Sergio Ramos, N'Golo Kante and Eden Hazard have yet to get off the mark in terms of percentage of votes cast, while the FIFA "Best" award victor Luka Modric has also struggled for fan votes.
The 33-year-old forward, who ended his nine-season stay at Real Madrid by moving to Juventus for £99million in the summer, is a five-time victor of the award.
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Federation Internationale de Football Association are releasing the full 30-man shortlist throughout Monday names are released in alphabetical order with the likes of Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Luka Modric expected to make the shortlist.
The victor of the prestigious Ballon d'Or organised by France Football magazine will be announced on December 3.
Bale, who scored two goals in Real's triumph in the final of the Champions League against Liverpool, joins his club teammate Karim Benzema among the first wave of 30 nominees for the year's best player.
Roberto Firmino from Brazil, Liverpool and Diego Godin from Uruguay, Atletico Madrid. Here we will discuss the players who have made the list due to reputation and team success, rather than individual performances.
For six years it combined with world football's governing body to become the Fifa Ballon d'Or.