Jamie Vardy on 30-man Ballon d’Or award list but no place for David De Gea
Leicester City striker named alongside team-mate Riyad Mahrez for award held by Barcelona star Messi
Jamie Vardy: who scored 24 goals in a historic Premier League-winning season for Leicester City. Photograph: Reuters
The 29-year-old striker, who scored 24 goals in a historic season for Leicester, was named on a 30-man list of nominees for the prestigious award alongside team-mate Riyad Mahrez, which is currently held by Barcelona star Messi.
France Football revealed Vardy was in contention in a tweet published on Monday evening.
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Regular victors Messi and Ronaldo – the latter having endured a lean year by his usual prolific standards – will face stiff competition from Luis Suárez, Neymar and Robert Lewandowski. Paulo Dybala, Antoine Griezmann and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will provide further cause for concern to the world established top order.