Phil Foden (ANG, Manchester City) is only 22 years old, but this is already his second Ballon d’Or nomination. At Manchester City, he enjoys the confidence of his coach Pep Guardiola, with whom he was once again crowned champion of England.
Frantic goalscorer, Harry Kane (ANG, Tottenham) gets better with time. The Englishman has become, under the colors of Tottenham, a complete player capable of making his partners shine.
Winner of the CAN in February, Sadio Mane (SEN, Liverpool then Bayern Munich) entered the legend of Senegal by winning the first African Cup in the country’s history. The new Bayern player also added an FA Cup and an English League Cup to his tally before leaving the Reds.
With Benfica, Darwin Nunez (URU, Benfica then Liverpool) reached the quarter-finals of the Champions League before being eliminated by his future club, Liverpool. Author of 26 goals, the Uruguayan finished at the top of the scoring charts in the Portuguese Championship.
Every season, Mike Maignan (FRA, AC Milan) goes one step further. After a big season crowned with an Italian championship title with the Rossoneri, the French goalkeeper won his first nomination.