Two African stars in contention for Ballon D’or

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Gabon’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Senegal’s Sadio Mane are in contention for the FIFA 2017 Ballon D’or after both made the 30 man list.

Mane’s name was first to be released in the first 15 batch earlier in Monday while Aubameyang was named in the final batch which included Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo released later on.

The list will be trimmed to 10 finalists with the winner expected to be named in January 2018.

Below is the full 30 man list.

Neymar (Paris Saint-Germain)

Luka Modric (Real Madrid)

Paulo Dybala (Juventus)

Marcelo (Real Madrid)

N’Golo Kante (Chelsea)

Luis Suarez (Barcelona)

Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid)

Jan Oblak (Atletico Madrid)

Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool)

Dries Mertens (Napoli)

Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City)

Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich)

David de Gea (Manchester United)

Harry Kane (Tottenham)

Edin Dzeko (Roma)

Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid)

Toni Kroos (Real Madrid)

Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus)

Sadio Mane (Liverpool)

Radamel Falcao (Monaco)

Lionel Messi (Barcelona)

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Borussia Dortmund)

Edinson Cavani (Paris Saint-Germain)

Mats Hummels (Bayern Munich)

Karim Benzema (Real Madrid)

Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)

Eden Hazard (Chelsea)

Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus)

Isco (Real Madrid)

Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain)

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