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Jamie Vardy in running with Messi and Ronaldo for Ballon d'Or

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.

The 29-year-old striker, who scored 24 goals in an historic season for the Foxes, was named on a 30-man list of nominees for the prestigious award, which is currently held by Barcelona star Messi.

France Football, the sole organisers of the prize given to the best footballer in the world following a split from Fifa, revealed Vardy was in contention.

He is the only Englishman nominated, while Real Madrid's Bale represents Wales. Vardy's Foxes team-mate Riyad Mahrez - the PFA Players' Player of the Year - is also on the shortlist. Manchester City and rivals United will hope Sergio Aguero, Kevin de Bruyne, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba threaten the top three when journalists begin the next round of voting.

Luis Suarez and Neymar are also in the running. Among the surprise omissions are United's David de Gea and Arsenal's Mesut Ozil.

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