Ballon d’Or: Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi lead list of 30 nominees

The ESPN FC crew discuss the their leading candidates for the 2016 Ballon d’Or.

Xavi believes Cristiano Ronaldo is the favourite to win the Ballon d’Or over his former Barcelona teammate Lionel Messi.
Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are set to resume their annual battle for the Ballon d’Or after both were named in the list of 30 nominees for the 2016 award on Monday.
France Football, the magazine that founded most prestigious individual honour in football, released the list in which Real Madrid man Ronaldo, 31, and Barcelona’s Messi, 29, both featured. The pair have finished first and second in each of the past five years with Messi edging out his great rival three wins to two, including his…

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