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Reports: List Of Ballon d’Or Contenders Leaked

A list of the contenders for the FIFA Ballon d'Or has reportedly been leaked and features some outrageous names, as well as four Africans.

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Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo claim they have received an exclusive list of 59 pre-selected candidates for this year's Ballon d'Or.

The list, with outrageous names such as Arsenal's second-choice goalkeeper David Ospina and even one English League One player, was apparently sent to members of FIFA's Football Committee and leaked to the Spanish publication.

The pre-selected list of 59 names, which features African stars Yaya Toure, Wilfried Bony, Andre Ayew and Christian Atsu, will be cut down to 23 before national team captains, coaches and nominated journalists vote for their favourites.

Here is the leaked list in full, ordered by clubs:

Real Madrid: Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema, Sergio Ramos, Luka Modric, James Rodriguez, Toni Kroos, Cristiano Ronaldo

FC Barcelona: Claudio Bravo, Javier Mascherano, Andres Iniesta, Ivan Rakitic, Neymar, Luis Suarez, Lionel Messi

Juventus: Giorgio Chiellini, Paul Pogba, Alvaro Morata, Arturo Vidal (now Bayern), Andrea Pirlo (now New York City), Carlos Tevez (now Boca Juniors)

Bayern Munich: Robert Lewandowski, Arjen Robben, Thomas Muller, Manuel Neuer, David Alaba

Manchester City: Wilfried Bony, Yaya Toure, Sergio Aguero

Paris Saint-Germain: Edinson Cavani, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Javier Pastore

Chelsea: Diego Costa, Thibaut Courtois, Eden Hazard, Willian

Manchester United: Wayne Rooney, David de Gea

PSV Eindhoven: Memphis Depay (now Manchester United), Andres Guardado

Arsenal: David Ospina, Alexis Sanchez

Liverpool: Philippe Coutinho

Tottenham Hotspur: Harry Kane

Atletico Madrid: Antoine Griezmann

Valencia: Nicolas Otamendi (now Manchester City)

Sevilla: Carlos Bacca (now AC Milan)

Villarreal: Giovanni dos Santos (now LA Galaxy)

Wolfsburg: Kevin De Bruyne (now Manchester City)

Bayer Leverkusen: Son Heung-min (now Tottenham Hotspur)

Mainz: Shinji Okazaki (now Leicester)

Porto: Jackson Martinez (now Atletico Madrid)

Everton: Christian Atsu (now Bournemouth)

Inter Milan: Gary Medel

Lyon: Alexandre Lacazette

Marseille: Andre Ayew (now Swansea)

QPR: Eduardo Vargas (now Hoffenheim)

Swindon Town: Massimo Luongo (now QPR)

Flamengo: Paolo Guerrero

River Plate: Carlos Sanchez

DISCLAIMER: It cannot be confirmed whether this is a fabricated story or indeed the true list of pre-selected FIFA Ballon d'Or contenders.

Who would make your list for the final 23 FIFA Ballon d'Or nominees? Have your say in the comments section below. 

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