Manchester United Star Romelu Lukaku may feel a little aggrieved that he is not included on the shortlist.
The Belgium striker got 25 Premier League goals for Everton last season and has started his Manchester United career with 11 in 10.
He's already got 32 in 2017 and scored 10 goals in his country's successful World Cup qualifying campaign. -- Rob Dawson.
If Kevin De Bruyne, Mane and Coutinho are on the shortlist, then why not Lukaku and Sanchez, who were as good last season and this this season as well.
While Lukaku missing, one doesn't have to wear Arsenal-tinted glasses to find it mind-boggling that Alexis Sanchez was not on the list.
Sanchez’s 30 goals and 15 assists in all competitions last season make a seemingly watertight case by themselves. Especially when you consider that Sadio Mane and Philippe Coutinho had 27 goals and 15 assists for Liverpool -- combined. -- Mattias Karen.
Real Madrid’s Casemiro is the unpretentious cornerstone of this Real Madrid team. The Brazilian -- who captained country in the most recent round of internationals -- makes the players around him look better and he emboldens them to attack. So although he can count himself unlucky to be overlooked for the shortlist, he provided the foundation for his nominated teammates to flourish.
However, Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Neymar will once again be the main contenders for the Ballon d'Or after the trio were named among the 30-player shortlist for the 2017 award on Monday.