Belfast Telegraph

Jamie Vardy named among Ballon d'Or nominees

Leicester striker Jamie Vardy is the sole Englishman in the running for the Ballon d'Or award after he made the 30-man shortlist which was announced on Monday.

The 29-year-old has been nominated alongside the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Gareth Bale after helping Leicester win the Premier League title last season.

Vardy, who scored 24 goals in a historic season for the Foxes, was named on the 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 in a tweet published on Monday evening.

Vardy is not the only Leicester player whose achievements have been recognised, however. Algerian winger Riyad Mahrez - the PFA Players' Player of the Year - is also on the shortlist.


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