Football | Seven Liverpool players on Ballon d’Or shortlist

Liverpool have seven players on the 30-man shortlist for the 2019 Ballon d’Or.

Alisson, Virgil van Dijk, Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Georginio Wijnaldum make the cut, meaning the Reds have more representatives on the list than any other club.

Van Dijk is currently the favourite to win the award.

Manchester City have five players on the list, with Sergio Aguero, Raheem Sterling, Kevin De Bruyne, Bernardo Silva and Riyad Mahrez being included.

Spurs duo Hugo Lloris and Son Heung-min are also on the shortlist. There is no room on the list, however, for Spurs and England striker Harry Kane.

Arsenal forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is the other Premier League representative on the list, meaning the English top flight boasts 15 of the 30 players on the shortlist.

Former Chelsea playmaker Eden Hazard also features.

Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Kylian Mbappe are all included, but Neymar and Paul Pogba miss out on the cut.

Last year’s winner Luka Modric has also been omitted.

Messi joins Barcelona teammates Antoine Griezmann, Frenkie De Jong and Marc-Andre ter Stegen on the shortlist, while Ronaldo’s Juventus teammate Matthijs de Ligt joins him on the list.

The winner of the 2019 Ballon d’Or will be named in Paris on 2 December.

Shortlist:

  • Sadio Mane (Liverpool)
  • Hugo Lloris (Tottenham)
  • Dusan Tadic (Ajax)
  • Frenkie De Jong (Barcelona)
  • Sergio Aguero (Man City)
  • Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool)
  • Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal)
  • Kylian Mbappe (PSG)
  • Marc-Andre Ter Stegen (Barcelona)
  • Donny van de Beek (Ajax)
  • Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus)
  • Alisson Becker (Liverpool)
  • Matthijs de Ligt (Juventus)
  • Karim Benzema (Real Madrid)
  • Georginio Wijnaldum (Liverpool)
  • Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool)
  • Bernardo Silva (Man City)
  • Heung-Min Son (Tottenham)
  • Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich)
  • Roberto Firmino (Liverpool)
  • Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
  • Riyad Mahrez (Man City)
  • Kevin De Bruyne (Man City)
  • Kalidou Koulibaly (Napoli)
  • Antoine Griezmann (Barcelona)
  • Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)
  • Eden Hazard (Real Madrid)
  • Marquinhos (Paris Saint-Germain)
  • Raheem Sterling (Man City)
  • Joao Felix (Atletico Madrid)