Antoine Griezmann, Koke and Diego Godín have received nominations for the prestigious Ballon d’Or award for 2016, it was revealed on Monday.
The Atlético Madrid trio are part of a 30-man shortlist, with the winner set to be announced by France Football magazine on December 13th.
As you will know, the Ballon d’Or (Golden Ball) is awarded to the best player in world football each calendar year.
Since 2010 it has been awarded by FIFA, the world governing body, but from this year onwards it will be France Football who have the honour of giving out the trophy as they did between 1956-2009.
Having finished third in the running for UEFA Best Player in Europe back in the summer, Antoine Griezmann will be hoping to secure at least a top three finish in football’s most prized individual award.
If he does he will become only the second Atlético player in history to finish on the podium, after Paulo Futre came in second place back in 1987.
Most of the bookies have Cristiano Ronaldo as the frontrunner with Grizi the second favourite, closely followed by Lionel Messi and Luis Suárez.
Diego Godín and Koke are also rewarded for their fine form with a place in the 30-man shortlist, and although neither will win, they could have a chance of making the 2016 team of the year.
Only a select panel of journalists are able to vote for the winner, unlike in previous years where national team players and managers have been able to choose as well, often causing controversy with their so-called ‘tactical voting’.
This could work in Griezmann’s favour, given that the likes of Franck Ribery and Wesley Sneijder would’ve won the award in recent years had it only been journalists voting.
Meanwhile, the La Liga awards take place in Valencia on Monday evening.
Would Griezmann be a worthy Ballon d’Or winner in your view? Who else deserved nominations?