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

Jamie Vardy: who scored 24 goals in a historic Premier League-winning season for Leicester City. Photograph: Reuters

 

Jamie Vardy has been nominated for the Ballon d’Or award alongside the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Gareth Bale after helping Leicester win the Premier League title.

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.

Among the surprise omissions are Manchester United keeper David De Gea, Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil and Juventus’s Leonardo Bonucci.

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