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YAYA TOURE, THE IVORIAN, MAKES IT ON THIS YEAR’S BALLON D’OR CANDIDATES– REVEALED

After a successful spell with Manchester City, Toure makes the short-list of ballon d'r candidates
After a successful spell with Manchester City, Toure makes the short-list of ballon d’r candidates

The occasion has come around once again. Fifa unveils its shortlist for this year ballon d’or, an award given annually to the male player who is considered to have performed the best in the previous year. “It is awarded based on votes by coaches and captains of international teams, as well as journalists from around the world.” FIFA says.

The award started in 2010 after France Football’s Ballon d’Or and the men’s FIFA World Player of the Year award were merged. The winner of the inaugural 2010 FIFA Ballon d’Or was Lionel Messi who then went on to reclaim the title the following two years. After the merger, the FIFA World Player of the Year award became a women-only award.

This list is mainly full of Europe, and Latin America names, but after a successful spell at Manchester City, Yaya Toure’ name appears on the list.

Below is the short-List:

  1. Gareth Bale, Wales, Real Madrid
  2. Karim Benzema, France, Real Madrid
  3. Diego Costa, Spain, Chelsea
  4. Thibaut Courtois, Belgium, Chelsea
  5. Angel Di Maria, Argentina, Manchester United
  6. Mario Gotze, Germany, Bayern Munich
  7. Eden Hazard, Belgium, Chelsea
  8. Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Sweden, Paris Saint-Germain
  9. Andres Iniesta, Spain, Barcelona
  10. Toni Kroos, Germany, Real Madrid
  11. Philipp Lahm, Germany, Bayern Munich
  12. Javier Mascherano, Argentina, Barcelona
  13. Lionel Messi, Argentina, Barcelona
  14. Thomas Muller, Germany, Bayern Munich
  15. Manuel Neuer, Germany, Bayern Munich
  16. Neymar, Brazil, Barcelona
  17. Paul Pogba, France, Juventus
  18. Sergio Ramos, Spain, Real Madrid
  19. Arjen Robben, Netherlands, Bayern Munich
  20. James Rodriguez, Colombia, Real Madrid
  21. Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal, Real Madrid
  22. Bastian Schweinsteiger, Germany, Bayern Munich
  23. Yaya Toure, Ivory Coast, Manchester City

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