Opposition Watch : Mahrez among the Ballon d'Or Nominees


Leicester city and Algeria Star,Riyad Mahrez have been Nominated for Ballon d'Or 2016 with 29 others Superstar,The impressive winger was the best player last season in the EPL after helping Leicester City to league glory.He was named alongside fellow African in Gabonese international,Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

2016 Ballon d'Or shortlist
Sergio Aguero (Manchester City & Argentina)
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Borussia Dortmund & Gabon)
Gareth Bale (Real Madrid & Wales)
Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus & Italy)
Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City & Belgium)
Paulo Dybala (Juventus & Argentina)
Diego Godin (Atletico Madrid & Uruguay)
Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid & France)
Gonzalo Higuaín (Napoli/Juventus & Argentina)
Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Paris Saint-Germain/Manchester United & Sweden)
Andres Iniesta (Barcelona & Spain)
Koke (Atletico Madrid & Spain)
Toni Kroos (Real Madrid & Germany)
Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munchen & Poland)
Hugo Lloris (Tottenham Hotspur & France)
Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City & Algeria)
Lionel Messi (Barcelona & Argentina)
Luka Modric (Real Madrid & Croatia)
Thomas Muller (Bayern Munchen & Germany)
Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munchen & Germany)
Neymar (Barcelona & Brazil)
Dimitri Payet (West Ham & France)
Pepe (Real Madrid & Portugal)
Paul Pogba (Juventus/Manchester United & France)
Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid & Spain)
Rui Patricio (Sporting CP & Portugal)
Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid & Portugal)
Luis Suarez (Barcelona & Uruguay)
Jamie Vardy (Leicester City & England)
Arturo Vidal (Bayern München & Chile)
Real Madrid leads the way with six players on the list. Barcelona and Bayern Munich both have four on the list.
The Favourite for this award is Cristiiano Ronald as he was in goal scoring machine all year long with 54 strikes for club and country and won Euro 2016 with Portugal and the Champions League with Real Madrid. He was also crowned the best player in Europe in August . Messi leads all time with five Ballon d'Or trophies.
Note: FIFA is no longer associated with the award and is expected to relaunch its own world player of the year trophy.
Mahrez also expressed his joy on Twitter.


Riyad Mahrez
@ Mahrez22
Huge honor to be nominated in top 30 ! #TeamDZ

Photo Credit :Riyad Mahrez Twitter

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