One African star has joined the favourites Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo on the official 23-man shortlist for the 2015 FIFA Ballon d’Or award
he award recognises the best footballers for their respective achievements between 22 November 2014 and 20 November 2015, according to FIFA.
The list of the 23 candidates was drawn up by experts from FIFA’s Football Committee and a group of experts from France Football.
Here are all candidates (in alphabetical order by surname):
Sergio Aguero (Argentina/Manchester City)
Gareth Bale (Wales/Real Madrid)
Karim Benzema (France/Real Madrid)
Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium/VfL Wolfsburg/Manchester City)
Eden Hazard (Belgium/Chelsea)
Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Sweden/Paris Saint-Germain)
Andres Iniesta (Spain/FC Barcelona)
Toni Kroos (Germany/Real Madrid)
Robert Lewandowski (Poland/FC Bayern Munich)
Javier Mascherano (Argentina/FC Barcelona)
Lionel Messi (Argentina/FC Barcelona)
Thomas Muller (Germany/FC Bayern Munich)
Manuel Neuer (Germany/FC Bayern Munich)
Neymar (Brazil/FC Barcelona)
Paul Pogba (France/Juventus)
Ivan Rakitic (Croatia/FC Barcelona)
Arjen Robben (Netherlands/FC Bayern Munich)
James Rodríguez (Colombia/Real Madrid)
Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal/Real Madrid)
Alexis Sánchez (Chile/Arsenal)
Luis Suárez (Uruguay/FC Barcelona)
Yaya Toure (Côte d’Ivoire/Manchester City)
Arturo Vidal (Chile/Juventus/FC Bayern Munich).
The voting period for the awards commences on the 26 October 2015 and closes on 20 November 2015.
On 30 November, FIFA and France Football will announce the three men that received the most votes up until the closing date.