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Six-time winner Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, a five-time victor, were among the 30 names revealed on Friday for the Ballon d’Or award.

The serial favourites face competition that includes Kylian Mbappe, Neymar, Karim Benzema, Jorginho and N’Golo Kante who are also considered as leading runners in the list unveiled by France Football magazine.

The prestigious award was not handed out in 2020 due to the pandemic. There are also 20 women in the running for their own prize to be announced in Paris on November 29, including Australian superstar Sam Kerr.

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French champions PSG can boast Messi, a winner in the Copa America this summer, and teammates Mbappe and Neymar who last season took the ambitious club to the Champions League last-four.

Italian midfielder Jorginho gets the nod after helping Chelsea to the Champions League title as well as playing a major role as Italy won the delayed Euro 2000.

Chelsea teammate Kante, man of the match in the Champions League semi-final and final, is also on the list.

Ronaldo, who was third in the 2019 Ballon d’Or vote behind Messi and Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk, sees former Real Madrid teammate Karim Benzema also nominated.

Also in the running are Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski, the top scorer in Europe with 41 goals, as well as Dortmund’s Erling Braut Haaland, the Champions League’s best scorer with 10 goals.

England, the Euro 2020 finalists, are represented by Harry Kane, Mason Mount, Phil Foden and Raheem Sterling.

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Among the women, 2019 winner Megan Rapinoe, whose United States team were knocked out of the Olympics in the quarter-finals, was missing from the nominations.

Christine Sinclair, of Olympic gold medal winning Canada, is in the running. Champions League winners Barcelona are represented by Alexia Putellas, already voted UEFA’s best player, and Jennifer Hermoso, joint top-scorer in the Champions League.

Sam Kerr is one of FIVE Chelsea players in the nominations.

Swedish defender Magdalena Eriksson, Canadian midfielder Jessie Fleming, and Danish attacker Pernille Harder as well as English strike partner Fran Kirby were also listed.

Kerr was Chelsea’s top goalscorer from the 2020/21 season, scoring 21 goals from 22 games to secure the WSL Golden Boot.

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Newcastle's new-look XI next season if Lucien Favre beats Antonio Conte to job



Newcastle have been tipped to sack Steve Bruce following their takeover.

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Newcastle United takeover, transfer, targets, gossip, rumours, summer window, coach, Steve Burce, Graham Potter, Steven Gerrard



After 14 years of misery under owner Mike Ashley, Newcastle United is suddenly on the brink of becoming a football powerhouse.

On Friday it was confirmed a Saudi-led consortium had completed its takeover of the Premier League club despite warnings the deal represented “sportswashing”.

From a football perspective, the £300 million ($A568m) takeover brought a very new reason for ambition and optimism.

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A Saudi-led consortium completed its takeover of Premier League club Newcastle United on October 7 despite warnings from Amnesty International that the deal represented "sportswashing" of the Gulf kingdom's human rights record. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP)
A Saudi-led consortium completed its takeover of Premier League club Newcastle United on October 7 despite warnings from Amnesty International that the deal represented “sportswashing” of the Gulf kingdom’s human rights record. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP)Source: AFP

Dwarfing the riches of the rest of the league, including Manchester City, Newcastle United is now the wealthiest football club in the world.

The question, of course, is what that will all mean now for current manager Steve Bruce’s future and what the squad could look like after the transfer window.

Starting with Bruce, it is expected that he will be replaced at head coach but no firm decision has been made as of yet.

The reality that he may not be coach by the time Newcastle faces Tottenham in a week is not lost on Bruce.

“I want to continue [as manager] but I have to be realistic,” he told Sky Sports News.

“I’m not stupid and aware what could happen with new owners.”

It will be a tough blow for Bruce, who was set to manage his 100th game against Tottenham but looks at long odds to reach that milestone for the time being.

“I would be surprised if there was not a new man in the hot seat in time for Spurs,”

Sky Sports News’ Keith Downie said.

“I just do not believe he is the look they are going for after everything that has gone on in the last 24 hours.

“So they may bring in someone temporarily while they get the ball rolling like Jones, or they may make a quick appointment.

“And when I spoke to Bruce last night, he already seem resigned to his fate.”

Steve Bruce knows what is coming. (Photo by Alex Morton/Getty Images)Source: Getty Images

As for who the replacement could be, the Daily Mail reported Graham Potter is one of the leading contenders.

He has taken the Seagulls to sixth this season but is contracted at Brighton until 2025.

Antonio Conte is another name Newcastle’s new owners in particular are keen on luring to the club, with third parties reportedly approaching the Italian.

The Sun though reports the 52-year-old believes his next job should be at a team “in a position to win titles”.

Clearly money, even at such an unprecedented level, is not enough to convince everyone of a quick turnaround.

Former Chelsea boss Frank Lampard and Rangers manager Steven Gerrard are two other contenders who have been linked to the Newcastle gig.

Manchester United’s Jesse Lingard is a target. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP)Source: AFP

In terms of transfer targets, Manchester Eveing News reports Newcastle had set its sights on a Manchester United quartet in the January window.

Newcastle reportedly has £190 million ($A355m) to spend and Anthony Martial is on their shortlist alongside Jesse Lingard, Donny van de Beek and Eric Bailly.

Lingard could be a realistic target given his lack of game time in a star-studded Manchester United attack, having started just once this term.

Newcastle’s owners are also reportedly in talks with representatives of Barcelona attacking midfielder Phillipe Coutinho.

Paris Saint-Germain duo Mauro Icardi and Keylor Navas have also been linked to the club.

Newcastle director Amanda Staveley was asked by the Daily Mirror about transfer goals and specifically whether players of Kylian Mbappe’s calibre could be targets.

“We are in the market to compete for world class players, we have done it before,” she said.

“But we need the infrastructure around the world class players. We will get there, and we already have world-class players, we want to make sure they have the support around them.

“We have to do a full review, where the operations are, what we are looking at in January. It is going to take a little time.”

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Newcastle have three players who can be their own Vincent Kompany after takeover



Newcastle players have been given advice on creating a Vincent Kompany-esque legacy.

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