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The award organisers, France Football, are announcing the 30-man shortlist throughout today and Kante was among the first five revealed this morning.

Manchester City superstar Kevin De Bruyne has been nominated in the 30-player shortlist for this year's Ballon d'Or Award.

The nominees, as revealed by France Football this evening, are unsurprisingly dominated by La Liga, who boast 11 shortlisted players.

After making the Ballon d'Or shortlists between 2014 and 2016, finishing in 14 spot last year, France Football chose to snub him for this year's Golden Ball.

Real Madrid have by far the most players on the list with seven - Ronaldo, Luka Modric, Marcelo, Sergio Ramos, Toni Kroos, Karim Benzema and Isco.

No individual other than Ronaldo or Lionel Messi have claimed the prize since 2007 when Kaka won after inspiring AC Milan to Champions League glory.

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Chelsea pair N'Golo Kante and Eden Hazard, Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea and Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne also make the list.

Real Madrid forward Ronaldo, 32, beat Barcelona's Messi to win the award for a fourth time past year.

The Ballon d'Or is judged exclusively by a panel of journalists after FIFA and France Football ended their partnership in 2015.

As does his team mate Romelu Lukaku who finished second to Kane in the Premier League scoring charts last season.

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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