Wales winger Gareth Bale was today named as a contender for the world footballer of the year award alongside Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
The 23-man shortlist for the Ballon d’Or award was announced today and the winner will be unveiled on January 13 in Zurich.
Bale, 24, became the world’s most expensive player when he joined Real Madrid from Tottenham for £85.3m in September.
Five Premier League players – Robin van Persie, Yaya Toure, Luis Suarez, Eden Hazard and Mesut Ozil – have made the cut.
Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson headlines a 10-man coach of the year shortlist.
Ballon d’Or shortlist: Gareth Bale (Real Madrid, Edinson Cavani (Paris St Germain), Radamel Falcao (Monaco), Eden Hazard (Chelsea), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Paris St Germain), Andres Iniesta (Barcelona), Philipp Lahm (Bayern Munich), Robert Lewandowski (Borussia Dortmund), Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich), Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Neymar (Barcelona), Mesut Ozil (Arsenal), Andrea Pirlo (Juventus), Franck Ribery (Bayern Munich), Arjen Robben (Bayern Munich), Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Bastian Schweinsteiger (Bayern Munich), Luis Suarez (Liverpool), Thiago Silva (Paris St Germain), Yaya Toure (Manchester City), Robin van Persie (Manchester United), Xavi (Barcelona).
Coach of the year shortlist: Carlo Ancelotti (Real Madrid), Rafael Benitez (Napoli), Antonio Conte (Juventus), Vicente Del Bosque (Spain), Sir Alex Ferguson, Jupp Heynckes , Jurgen Klopp (Borussia Dortmund), Jose Mourinho (Chelsea), Luiz Felipe Scolari (Brazil), Arsene Wenger (Arsenal).
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