Kante shortlisted for Ballon d'Or award

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Real Madrid star, Isco, PSG wonder kid Kylian Mbappe and Chelsea's Eden Hazard have all been included in the final shortlist for the 2017 Ballon d'Or.

Barca and Uruguay striker Suarez, Madrid defender Sergio Ramos, Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho, Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak and Napoli forward Dries Mertens were named in the second phase of the announcement, followed by Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne, Tottenham's Kane, Bayern Munich's Lewandowski, Manchester United's David De Gea and Roma's Edin Dzeko.

Gareth Bale misses out, while Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are selected.

Further names will join them in due course.

According to the new rules, media representatives will vote for their best player from a pool of 30 nominated footballers, and there will be no announcement of three finalists before the award is presented to the victor.

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The Ballon d'Or prize is now voted on by an global panel of 173 journalists after France Football announced their split from Fifa following a six-year partnership in 2016, with no three-man shortlist now necessary.

Who will win this year's Ballon d'Or?

Ronaldo spearheaded Real Madrid for double titles of La Liga and UEFA Champions League for the first time during the past 59 years, which would give him huge bonus for the award, in terms of no major national team tournaments such as World Cup and European Championship in 2017.

Harry Kane was nominated for the prestigious award for the first time.

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