Liverpool and Manchester United likely to have players competing for award Who might challenge for the Ballon d from the Premier League? Picture: Getty Images Credit: METRO/mylo Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy were the two most prominent Premier League players in the results for the 2016 Ballon d'Or.
The Leicester pair were recognised for their roles in Leicester's incredible title win, finishing seventh and eighth in the rankings for football's most prestigious individual award. They were two of eight Premier League players included among the 30 nominees for the award that louis vuitton authentication forum was ultimately won by Cristiano Ronaldo. Ronaldo with the Ballon d trophy his fourth (Getty) But with Leicester involved in a relegation fight rather than a title race this term, it seems highly unlikely it will be Mahrez and Vardy again in 2017. So which English based players might excel when the 2017 Ballon d'Or rankings are revealed next December? Compiling our contenders we considered a few factors. To excel in the Ballon d'Or it is essential to win something. Nine of the top 10 players were in sides that either won their league or lifted the Champions League. The only player who didn't was Antoine Griezmann, who reached the final of both the Champions League and Euro 2016 and was generally superb for louis vuitton bags 2 Atletico Madrid. It's also worth noting that there are no major international tournaments in 2017. They usually tend to throw a few curve balls into the Ballon d'Or reckoning, so this time it will be all about the club action. Diego Costa Currently the Premier League's joint top scorer and in a Chelsea side that are top of the table. If he and his club can maintain those positions until May Costa has a strong chance. Diego Costa has been on fire so far this season (Getty)If Liverpool can win a first title in the Premier League era then Coutinho will more than likely be recognised as the standout player. Currently out injured, Coutinho could play a big role in 2017 (Getty) Harry Kane Vardy was the only Englishman to feature among the 2016 nominees, not surprising considering the awful showing from the Three Lions at Euro 2016. With no tournament at which to embarrass themselves, we think England international Kane could feature and with he's the star of a Tottenham side still in the title race. The only English player among those here (Getty)The Man City striker featured louis vuitton neverfull authentic among the 30 nominees although failed to get a single vote from the 173 journalists who vote for the winner. A good year under the tutelage louis vuitton alma real or fake of Pep Guardiola could change that. Aguero is consistently deadly, but he need to keep his discipline in check (Getty) Eden Hazard If Chelsea win the title Hazard will have played a big part, just as he did last time they were crowned champions. Another Chelsea player who we considered was the hugely influential N'Golo Kante, but he got overlooked for this year's award despite winning the league and getting to the final of Euro 2016, so we're not expecting him to challenge in 2017 either. Hazard has been excellent so far this season (Getty) Paul Pogba Manchester United don't currently look likely to win much this season, but 2017 could see a change in fortunes for Jose Mourinho's team and them end up with some silverware.
If they do, the world's most expensive player will probably have had a big hand in it and could force himself into Ballon d'Or contention. Pogba will have to get his whole team playing better (Getty)The Premier League is being dominated by the usual teams this season, so Lukaku is one of only two players included here not to play for one of the current top six sides. The Everton striker is not yet doing enough, but the Belgian might just turn it on in the second half of the season and force people to pay attention.
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