Ballon d'Or: Van Dijk, Ronaldo, Messi, Mane make 30-man shortlist

Ballon d'Or: Van Dijk, Ronaldo, Messi, Mane make 30-man shortlist

- Ballon d'Or 2019 30-man shortlist has been announced by France Football

- Cristiano Ronaldo, Virgil van Dijk and Lionel Messi made the cut

- Liverpool have seven squad members listed after their Champions League victory

- Tottenham's Hugo Lloris is a surprise name on the shortlist

Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk is one of seven Reds stars named alongside Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo and Barcelona's Lionel Messi on the 30-man shortlist for the 2019 Ballon d'Or.

Other Liverpool stars listed are Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Georginio Wijnaldum and Alisson.

The full 30-man shortlist:

Ajax: Donny van de Beek, Dusan Tadic. Arsenal: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Atletico Madrid: Joao Felix

Barcelona: Frenkie de Jong, Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Lionel Messi, Antoine Griezmann. Bayern Munich: Robert Lewandowski. Juventus: Cristiano Ronaldo, Matthjis de Ligt.

Liverpool: Sadio Mane, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Alisson, Georginio Wijnaldum, Virgil van Djik, Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah

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Manchester City: Sergio Aguero, Bernardo Silva, Riyad Mahrez, Kevin de Bruyne, Raheem Sterling. Napoli: Kalidou Koulibaly

PSG: Kylian Mbappe, Marquinhos. Real Madrid: Karim Benzema, Eden Hazard. Tottenham: Hugo Lloris, Heung-min Son.

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A further breakdown of players shortlisted revealed that Champions League winners Liverpool have more squad members making the cut.

Premier League champions Manchester City have two players - Sergio Aguero and Bernardo Silva while Tottenham are represented by Hugo Lloris and Son Heung-min.

Gabonese forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is flying Arsenal’s flag on the list.

In addition, three clubs have two players each on the list - Ajax (Dusan Tadic and Donny van de Beek), Barcelona (Frenkie de Jong and Marc-Andre ter Stegen) and Juventus (Ronaldo and Matthijs de Ligt).

Equally, the following clubs Bayern Munich (Robert Lewandowski), Paris St-Germain (Kylian Mbappe) and Real Madrid (Karim Benzema) have one representative each listed.

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The winner of the Ballon d'Or will be made public in Paris on December 2.

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Real Madrid’s Luka Modric emerged winner in 2018 to end Messi and Ronaldo’s seven-year dominance of the annual award.

Dutch centre-back is rated favourite to cart home the award this year after claiming UEFA Player of the Year back in August.

Legit.ng reported earlier that Man United vs Liverpool's draw saw Jose Mourinho make fun of Jurgen Klopp after the Reds dropped their first points of the season at Old Trafford.

The German tactician is still looking for his first win over United at Old Trafford since he became the Reds boss in 2015.

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