Ronaldo odds-on for fifth Ballon d'Or

Top 10 players most likely to break the Messi Ronaldo Ballon d’Or duopoly

Top 10 players most likely to break the Messi Ronaldo Ballon d’Or duopoly

Click through the gallery above to see which players have been nominated for the 2017 Ballon d'Or so far! Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, Bayern Munich, Chelsea, Juventus, and Liverpool all have two players on the list. Philippe Coutinho, David de Gea, Harry Kane and Kevin De Bruyne are also recognised for their performances in the English top flight. After making the Ballon d'Or shortlists between 2014 and 2016, finishing in 14 spot last year, France Football chose to snub him for this year's Golden Ball.

Michael Owen was the first Premier League player to win the award, in 2001 for Liverpool. According to a Spanish daily Don Balon, the Real Madrid superstar has even claimed the fact that Lionel Messi is only a single club player and his choice of sticking up with Barcelona is perhaps the only option he is having.

Congrats, Kevin! You'll win this someday, I know it.

No goal in a PL match has won the award, which was established in 2009. The victor is due to be announced in December.

The Ballon d'Or is an annual award presented by the French Football Association and has been a revered competition since 1956.

Joining the 24-year-old on this year's Ballon d'Or shortlist, which was gradually revealed in stages by France Football on Monday (9 October), is a pair of Liverpool attackers in Sadio Mane and Philippe Coutinho, remarkably consistent Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea and influential Chelsea playmaker Eden Hazard.

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