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5 EPL contenders for Ballon d'Or award

2015-10-20 08:45
Eden Hazard (AFP)

Cape Town - Manchester City have three players in contention to win the 2015 Ballon d'Or award, more than any other Premier League club.

Sergio Aguero, Yaya Toure and summer recruit Kevin De Bruyne were confirmed as contenders for the award when FIFA released the shortlist on Tuesday.

Yaya Toure is the only non-European or South American on the list and is looking to add the Ballon d'Or award to his four CAF Player of the Year awards.

Joining the Ivorian on the list is Argentine striker Sergio Aguero. Aguero scored 32 goals in 42 appearances for City in all competitions last season.

Chelsea's Eden Hazard has arguably the best chance to rival Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

Hazard scored 14 goals in 38 38 Premier League appearances as Chelsea stormed to their first league win since the 2009/10 season. Hazard was also named the PFA Player of the Year.

Alexis Sanchez, a £35 million signing from Barcelona in July 2014, made the cut after a brilliant year personally for the Chilean star - which included winning the Copa America on home soil as well as scoring 25 goals in all competition for Arsenal in his debut season.

Manchester United and Liverpool have no players on the list.

The winner will be announced on January 11.

Premier League contenders for the Ballon d'Or:

Sergio Aguero (Argentina/Manchester City)

Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium/Manchester City)

Eden Hazard (Belgium/Chelsea)

Alexis Sanchez (Chile/Arsenal)

Yaya Toure (Ivory Coast/Manchester City)

Click HERE for the full Ballon d'Or shortlist

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