The race to dethrone Cristiano Ronaldo is officially on.
The nominees for the 2017 Ballon d’Or are being released, with award organiser France Football revealing the 30-man shortlist in five-player installments throughout the day.
Real Madrid’s Ronaldo, who remains the favourite to capture the prize for a second consecutive year – and record-equalling fifth time overall – was a lock for the honour after finishing the 2016-17 campaign on a tear. His sluggish start to the new season, though, has given renewed hope to some of his competitors. Chief among them is Lionel Messi – the only player to ever win the …read more