Ballon d'Or: Neymar, Suarez and Pogba added to final shortlist | Nigeria News Today. Your online Nigerian Newspaper f


Barcelona forwards Neymar and Luis Suarez and Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba are among the latest players to be added to the Ballon d'Or shortlist.

They are joined in the final two rounds of nominees by Bayern Munich pair Manuel Neuer and Arturo Vidal, West Ham midfielder Dimitri Payet, Sporting goalkeeper Rui Patricio, Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy and Real Madrid defenders Pepe and Sergio Ramos.

Neymar enjoyed a stellar season at Camp Nou as they won La Liga before captaining Brazil to their first Olympic Gold Medal, while Suarez won the European Golden Shoe during his second season at Camp Nou.

Pogba, meanwhile, helped Juventus win the Serie A title before completing a world-record transfer back to United in the summer.

The pair join the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and holder Lionel Messi on the 30-man shortlist while Pogba's United team-mate Zlatan Ibrahimovic is also included.

Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann and Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon will also be among the favourites ahead of the ceremony on January 9.

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