Liverpool winger Sadio Mane has been included on the list of nominees for the Ballon d'Or.
Throughout Monday, France Football has been revealing players shortlisted for the prestigious award, with Paris Saint-Germain's Neymar featuring in the first group of five names and Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane being included on the third batch.
The fourth selection includes Senegalese attacker Mane, who has scored 11 goals for club and country since the start of 2017 and continues to be regarded as one of Liverpool's key men.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang who stars for Borussia Dortmund and his from Gabon has also been included in Ballon d'Or 2017 nominees shortlist.
Current holder Cristiano Ronaldo is expectedly topping the list.
Ronaldo, who scored 42 goals in 46 games as Real Madrid won La Liga and the Champions League last season, is hoping to win the prestigious award back-to-back.
If the Portuguese star succeeds, it would be his fifth Ballon d’Or; a feat that would move level Ronaldo with long-time rival Lionel Messi who is also among the latest nominees.
Also the likes of Neymar, N’Golo Kante and Kylian Mbappe who enjoyed varying degrees of successes with their clubs and countries are also shortlisted.
The award, which is void by a select panel of journalists, will be announced at a ceremony in London next month.
FULL LIST OF 2017 BALLON D'OR NOMINEES
|Cristiano Ronaldo||Real Madrid & Portugal|
|Eden Hazard||Chelsea & Belgium|
|Leonardo Bonucci||AC Milan & Italy|
|Isco||Real Madrid & Spain|
|Kylian Mbappe||PSG & France|
|Neymar||PSG & Brazil|
|Luka Modric||Real Madrid & Croatia|
|Paulo Dybala||Juventus & Argentina|
|Marcelo||Real Madrid & Brazil|
|N'Golo Kante||Chelsea & France|
|Luis Suarez||Barcelona & Uruguay|
|Sergio Ramos||Real Madrid & Spain|
|Jan Oblak||Atletico Madrid & Slovenia|
|Philippe Coutinho||Liverpool & Brazil|
|Dries Mertens||Napoli & Belgium|
|Kevin De Bruyne||Manchester City & Belgium|
|Robert Lewandowski||Bayern Munich & Poland|
|David de Gea||Manchester United & Spain|
|Harry Kane||Tottenham & England|
|Edin Dzeko||Roma & Bosnia-Herzegovina|
|Antoine Griezmann||Atletico Madrid & France|
|Gianluigi Buffon||Juventus & Italy|
|Radamel Falcao||Monaco & Colombia|
|Sadio Mane||Liverpool & Senegal|
|Toni Kroos||Real Madrid & Germany|
|Lionel Messi||Barcelona & Argentina|
|Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang||Borussia Dortmund & Gabon|
|Edinson Cavani||PSG & Uruguay|
|Mats Hummels||Bayern Munich & Germany|
|Karim Benzema||Real Madrid & France|
WHAT IS THE BALLON D'OR?
The Ballon d'Or (French for 'Golden Ball') is an annual individual award which is given to the footballer who is deemed to have performed the best during the previous year.
The accolade is presented by the football magazine France Football and it first appeared in 1956, when it was popularly known as the European Footballer of the Year award due to the fact that it was initially restricted to European players. In 1995, it expanded to include players of any nationality at European clubs before being adapted to include all players from around the world in 2007.
The Ballon d'Or was initially distinct from FIFA's World Player of the Year award, but the two merged in 2010 to become the FIFA Ballon d'Or. However, that merger lasted just five years and the Ballon d'Or became separate from FIFA again in 2016, with the world governing body subsequently creating the new 'The Best' awards series.