lundi 24 octobre 2016

The 30 nominees for the Ballon d'Or 2016 (with players profiles)

Here are the 30 nominees for the Ballon d'Or 2016 with the reasons why they have been chosen by France Football (translation from the FF website).

Sergio Agüero
Argentine. 28 years. 79 caps, 34 goals. Position : striker. Club : Manchester City.
Palmarès 2016 : League Cup. BO 2015 : 13th.
Why he deserves to be here : 34 goals in all competitions including 22 in the Premier League, that is his record in 2016. Most of all, he seems safe from injuries now. And Agüero in full-form is an Agüero necessarily in the 30.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
Gabonese. 27 years. 51 caps, 21 goals. Position : striker. Club : Borussia Dortmund.
Palmarès 2016: none. BO 2015 : not listed.
Why he deserves to be here : the Gabonese took it to the next level in 2015 and confirmed in 2016. The former "Vert", very regular with Borussia Dortmund, is henceforth one of the very best best goleadors in Europe.

Gareth Bale
Welsh. 27 years. 64 caps, 25 goals. Position : striker. Club : Real Madrid.
Palmarès 2016 : Champions League. BO 2015 : 16th.
Why he deserves to be here : the year 2016 would have been the one of the consistancy for Gareth Bale. Efficient in the game of Real, with which he won the CL, the Welsh has most of all lead his country to an unexpected semi-final during the Euro 2016.

Gianluigi Buffon
Italian. 38 years. 165 caps. Position : keeper. Club : Juventus.
Palmarès 2016 : Italian league. BO 2015 : not listed.
Why he deserves to be here : he makes his come-back in the nominees list. Throughout a year during which nothing or almost can really be reproached to him. He could not do anything in front of Bayern in the CL Round of 16 and has stopped 3 German shots during the penalty shootout in the quarter-finals at the Euro. The whole thing with a Scudetto with Juve.

Cristiano Ronaldo
Portuguese. 31 years. 135 caps, 66 goals. Position : striker. Club : Real Madrid.
Palmarès 2016 : Euro, Champions League. BO 2015 : 2nd.
Why he deserves to be here : do we really need to say why? Without being brilliant during the two finals won, the Portuguese has lifted the CL and the Euro trophies. Essential in the previous rounds, CR7 continued to show an extraordinary realism.

Kevin De Bruyne
Belgian. 25 years. 47 caps/ 12 goals. Position : midfielder. Club : Manchester City.
Palmarès 2016 : none. BO 2015 : 18th
Why he deserves to be here : more and more he took a certain dimension under the Guardiola's command. An upward trajectory started at City well before the arrival of the Catalan coach as he has reached the CL semis.

Paulo Dybala
Argentine. 22 years. 6 caps. Position : striker. Club : Juventus.
Palmarès 2016 : Italian League, Cup of Italy. BO 2015 : not listed.
Why he deserves to be here : if we are still waiting for his first goal with the Argentina national team (with which he did not participate to the Copa America), Paulo Dybala was a delightful player to watch in the Serie A.

Diego Godin
Uruguayan. 30 years. 105 caps, 8 goals. Position : defender. Club : Atlético Madrid.
Palmarès 2016: none. BO 2015 : not listed.
Why he deserves to be here : let's give the floor to the defence, to courage, to the determination and to the the talent of the Uruguyan rock, leader of the Colchoneros defence. A defence which serves as the model in Europe.

Antoine Griezmann
French. 25 years. 38 caps, 14 goals. Position : striker. Club : Atlético Madrid.
Palmarès 2016 : Euro top scorer (6 goals). BO 2015 : not listed.
Why he deserves to be here : Double loosing finalist, he has moreover missed a penalty in the CL Final against Real Madrid. Nevertheless. Best scorer and player at the Euro he has taken it to the next level.

Gonzalo Higuain
Argentine. 28 years. 65 caps, 32 goals. Position : striker. Clubs : Naples then Juventus.
Palmarès 2016: Serie A top scorer (36 goals). BO 2015 : not listed.
Why he deserves to be here : the scoring-machine of the Italian league, who also distinguished himself at the Copa America (4 marks in 6 games). And it is far, but well far to be over...

Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Swede. 35 years. 116 caps, 40 goals. Position : striker. Clubs : PSG then Manchester United.
Palmarès 2016: French League, French Cup, French League Cup, Community Shield. L1 top scorer (38 goals). BO 2015 : 11th.
Why he deserves to be here : 35 years old, so what? Even if he is less in view on the last matches, the Swede still shows some brillinat statistics this year between PSG and Manchester United.

Andrés Iniesta
Spanish. 32 years. 115 caps, 12 goals. Position : midfielder. Club : FC Barcelona.
Palmarès 2016 : Spanish League, Spanish Cup, Spanish Supercup. BO 2015 : 9th.
Why he deserves to be here : nothing much to reproach to the Spanish legend. A delight at the Barcelona and Spanish midfield. An indisputable place amongst the best.

Koke
Spanish. 24 years. 28 caps. Position : midfielder. Club : Atlético Madrid.
Palmarès 2016 : none. BO 2015 : not listed.
Why he deserves to be here : it's a beautiful reward for this pure product of the Atlético's house. Unavoidable in the 11 of the Simeone's Colchoneros, Koke only played 19 minutes in the last Euro. At this rythm, his influence in the national team will necessarily increase.

Toni Kroos
German. 26 years. 74 caps, 12 goals. Position : midfielder. Club : Real Madrid.
Palmarès 2016 : Champions League. BO 2015 :21th.
Why he deserves to be here : when it's about the metronome of a team or of a selection, there's not really better in world football.

Robert Lewandowski
Polish. 28 years. 84 caps, 40 goals. Position : striker. Club : Bayern Munich.
Palmarès 2016 : German league, German Cup, German Supercup. BO 2015 : 4th.
Why he deserves to be here : we can have regrets about his Euro, failed enough. But apart from that, the year of this Polish striker was rather outstanding. And most of all very prolific at the edge of the Bayern's attack.

Hugo Lloris
French. 29 years. 84 caps. Position : keeper. Club : Tottenham.
Palmarès 2016 : none. BO 2015 : not named.
Why he deserves to be here : keeper of the the Premier League best defence, the captain of the French team equally shown himself more than solid during the Euro 2016. The synopsis of a career that has reached a milestone this year.

Riyad Mahrez
Algerian. 25 years. 26 caps. Position : midfielder. Club : Leicester.
Palmarès 2016 : English league. BO 2015 : not named.
Why he deserves to be here : some dribbles, some goals, some efficiency, a Premier League won, a title of the English league best player, good beginnings in the Champions League : that is in a few words the summary of the prolific year of Mahrez.

Lionel Messi
Argentine. 29 years. 114 caps [56 goals, not specified]. Position : striker. Club : FC Barcelona.
Palmarès 2016 : Spanish League, Spanish Cup, Spanish Supercup. BO 2015 : 1st.
Why he deserves to be here : the Argentine is evidently present, without any surprise. 5 times winner of the trophy, Messi has been far to be disappointing this year...

Luka Modric
Croatian. 31 years. 94 caps. Position : midfielder. Club : Real Madrid.
Palmarès 2016 : Champions League, European Supercup. BO 2015 : not named.
Why he deserves to be here : named for the first time in the history of the trophy, the Croatian shows a beautiful regularity be it in club or with the selection.

Thomas Müller
German. 27 years. 81 caps. Position : midfielder. Club : Bayern Munich.
Palmarès 2016 : German league, German Cup, German Supercup. BO 2015 : 6th.
Why he deserves to be here : it's the fourth consecutive nomination for the German in the course for the Ballon d'Or. Poetic justice for the Bavarian who is maybe the most consistent for his team each year.

Manuel Neuer
German. 30 years. 74 caps. Position : keeper. Club : Bayern Munich.
Palmarès 2016 : German league, German Cup, German Supercup. BO 2015 : 7th.
Why he deserves to be here : can we really say that the German keeper lost his leadership at his position on the international scene? Not that sure.

Neymar
Brazilian. 24 years. 73 caps [49 goals, not specified]. Position : striker. Club : FC Barcelona.
Palmarès 2016 : Olympic tournament, Spanish League, Spanish Cup. BO 2015 : 3rd.
Why he deserves to be here : in addition to being efficient in La Liga (even if we would have liked to see him more decisive in the CL), Neymar has yielded the olympic gold medal at home for his country, Brazil. He's celebrating here his 6th consecutive appearance. A sign that the boy really belongs to the best.

Dimitri Payet
French. 29 years. 30 caps [7 goals]. Position : midfielder. Club : West Ham.
Palmarès 2016 : none. BO 2015 : not listed.
Why he deserves to be here : a big first for him. His feats during the first part of the Euro 2016 with Les Bleus and his fantastic goals and actions have convinced the jury.

Pepe
Portuguese. 33 years. 83 caps. Position : defender. Club : Real Madrid.
Palmarès 2016 : Euro, Champions League. BO 2015 : not listed.
Why he deserves to be here : a complete year for the Portuguese. With Real and at the Euro 2016, he won everything! He had his importance in each one of the competitions.

Paul Pogba
French. 23 years. 42 caps. Position : midfielder. Clubs : Juventus then Manchester United.
Palmarès 2016 : Italian League, Italian Cup. BO 2015 : 15th.
Why he deserves to be here : he can annoy, sure, totally disappear during a match, sure, but the most expensive player in History could show at Juve and intermittently with Les Bleus and his new club Man U, that he had the class and the stature to be amongst the best.

Rui Patricio
Portuguese. 28 years. 55 caps. Position : keeper. Club : Sporting Portugal.
Palmarès 2016 : Euro. BO 2015 : not listed.
Why he deserves to be here : the only representative of the Portuguese league was one of the great architects of the success of the Cristiano Ronaldo's teammates during the last Euro in France.

Sergio Ramos
Spanish. 30 years. 140 caps. Position : defender. Club : Real Madrid.
Palmarès 2016 : Champions League, European Supercup. BO 2015 : not named.
Why he deserves to be here : boss of the Real Madrid defence since years, he lead his team on the roof of Europe. He has for instance scored in the CL Final against Atlético.

Luis Suarez
Uruguayan. 29 years. 88 caps [47 goals]. Position : striker. Club : FC Barcelona.
Palmarès 2016 : Spanish League, Spanish Cup, Spanish Supercup, La Liga top scorer (40 goals). BO 2015 : 5th.
Why he deserves to be here : maybe the most beautiful trigger in Europe. A model of efficiency in front of the goals.

James Vardy
English. 29 years. 12 caps.Position : striker. Club : Leicester.
Palmarès 2016 : English League. BO 2015 : not listed.
Why he deserves to be here : second best player of the Premier League, Champion of England, never stopping collecting goals. In brief, a nice recompense at 29 years old.

Arturo Vidal
Chilean. 29 years. 84 caps. Position : midfielder. Club : Bayern Munich.
Palmarès 2016 : Copa America, German league, German Cup, German Supercup. BO 2015 : 17th.
Why he deserves to be here : Copa America winner, he is the only Chilean in the 30. But it is not only with the selection that Arturo brang the house down. With Bayern, he is unavoidable. 

The complete ranking will be revealed December the 13th , 2016.

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