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Ballon d’Or 2019: Which African players have been nominated?

13:12 GMT+3 25/10/2019
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Goal reveal all of the continent’s nominees for the upcoming France Football awards

  • Sadio Mane Liverpool 2019-20

    Sadio Mane

    After missing out on the podium at The Best awards, Mane has made the 30-man shortlist for the Ballon d’Or, having been named in the first batch of nominees.

    The Senegal international scored 22 in the Premier League last term, won the Champions League, and is leading Liverpool on a title charge again this term.

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

    Like Mane, Aubameyang clinched the Golden Boot in the Prem last term after netting 22 times during a transitional campaign for Arsenal.

    He deserves immense credit for maintaining such a consistent goalscoring record during troubled times at the Emirates Stadium, even though he was unable to fire Gabon to the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations
  • Andre Onana Ajax

    Andre Onana

    One of ten goalkeepers nominated for the Yashin Award for the best stopper of the year is Cameroon’s Onana.

    The Ajax man was influential as the Dutch giants reached the semi-final of the Champions League, while he also clinched a domestic double during a campaign in which he firmly established himself as the continent’s finest in his position.
     
  • Samue Chukwueze - Villarreal

    Samuel Chukwueze

    The Nigeria wonderkid is one of 10 nominees for the Trophee Kopa, the award given to the top player under 21 for the year in question.

    Hoping to follow in Kylian Mbappe’s footsteps this year is wideman Chukwueze, who's enjoyed a fine year with Villarreal and the Super Eagles.

    The 20-year-old shone at the Afcon, and has adapted well to life in La Liga with the Yellow Submarine.
  • Matteo Guendouzi, Arsenal

    Matteo Guendouzi

    Franco-Moroccan midfielder Guendouzi is also up for the Trophee Kopa, after becoming a key figure at Arsenal despite being at the club for just over a season.

    He impressed supporters soon after his arrival in North London, winning admirers for his elegant, commanding, enthusiastic displays in the heart of the midfield.

    Guendouzi has represented France at U-21 level.
  • Riyad Mahrez Manchester City 2019-20

    Riyad Mahrez

    Perhaps Mahrez didn’t play as much as he’d have liked with City, after making a record move from Leicester City, but the Algeria international nonetheless enjoyed a season to remember.

    He won the Premier League, FA Cup, League Cup and Community Shield during his first season in Manchester, becoming the second African player—after Kolo Toure—to win the league with two different clubs.

    The North African also delivered a series of key performances as Algeria clinched the Afcon title in Egypt during the summer.
  • Kalidou Koulibaly Napoli

    Kalidou Koulibaly

    One of the world’s pre-eminent centre-backs today, Koulibaly’s improvement since moving to Napoli from the Belgian Jupiler League has been remarkable, and he now finds himself among the 30 nominees for the Ballon d’Or.

    He helped Senegal reach the Afcon final in the summer, and his form in Serie A continues to prompt reported interest from Premier League giants such as Liverpool and Manchester United.
  • Mohamed Salah Liverpool 2019-20

    Mohamed Salah

    It’s even another magnificent year for Salah, who shared the Premier League Golden Boot with Aubameyang and teammate Mane, and scored the only goal in Liverpool’s Champions League final victory over Tottenham Hotspur.

    He didn’t sustain his remarkable goalscoring feat of the 2017-18 season, but Liverpool were more credible title contenders last year, and appear primed to go all the way this term.
  • Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Arsenal 2019-20

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

    Like Mane, Aubameyang clinched the Golden Boot in the Prem last term after netting 22 times during a transitional campaign for Arsenal.

    He deserves immense credit for maintaining such a consistent goalscoring record during troubled times at the Emirates Stadium, even though he was unable to fire Gabon to the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.