Five Premier League stars make FIFA player of the year shortlist

By: William Hall

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The Premier League is known for being one of the more competitive leagues in world football and is home to some of the biggest names. This past year has proven that, with five players making the shortlist to become this year's FIFA player of the year.

We will go through the five Premier League stars who have made the shortlist, along with the rest of the names around the world.

Harry Kane

Tottenham Hotspur

The England international had some year in the Premier League, leading his side to second in the league and claiming the golden boot for the second year running. He is arguably the Premier League's most clinical finisher and has the stats to back it up.

Alexis Sanchez


Although Arsenal didn’t have the best of seasons, whenever they did play well, it would have been because this man was. He managed to bag 24 goal in 38 games for the gunners in the Premier League, giving him the opportunity for this honour.

N’Golo Kante


For the past two seasons, N’Golo Kante has been a Premier League winner with both Leicester City and Chelsea. His break up play and ability to get the ball forward is second to none. He won the Premier League player of the season and defiantly deserves this opportunity.

Eden Hazard


Eden Hazard also won the Premier League this season with Chelsea and had a massive part to play in it. His pace, power and quality down the left hand side made games horrid for opposition, which led to a lot of wins for the blues.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Manchester United

Wherever this man seems to go, he always seems to become a fans favourite. That is because of his quality on and off the pitch. Without his last season, it would have been good to see where United finished, but luckily enough for them they had him, and for free.

The rest of the names on the shortlist

Player Club Player Club
Lionel Messi Barcelona Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid
Neymar​ Borussia Dortmund Luis Suarez Barcelona
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang​ Ajax v Rosenborg Gianluigi Buffon Juventus
Leonardo Bonucci​ Juventus/AC Milan Dani Carvajal Real Madrid
Paulo Dybala​ Juventus Andres Iniesta Barcelona
Antoine Griezmann Atlético Madrid Toni Kroos Real Madrid
Robert Lewandowski Bayern Munich Marcelo Real Madrid
Luka Modric Real Madrid Keylor Navas Real Madrid
Manuel Neuer Bayern Munich Sergio Ramos Real Madrid
Arturo Vidal  Bayern Munich

About William Hall

Will is a Saints fan and a football writer. He is also a good player.