There's a 30-man shortlist from which the winner will be chosen tonight but it is safe to assume that Cristiano Ronaldo, Antoine Griezmann and Lionel Messi are the front runners. Let's take a look at their stats this year.
Club Record (2016):
🔷Lionel Messi - 50 goals (1/86.78min), 25 assists (1/173.6min)
👑Cristiano Ronaldo - 38 (1/97.44min), 14 assists (1/264.5)
⭕Antoine Griezmann - 28 (1/143.78min), 9 assists (1/447.3)
🔰CR7 - UEFA Champions League(16 goals), Euro 2016(3 goals, 3 assists)
🔰Messi - La Liga(26 goals), Copa del Ray (5 goals, assists)
🔰Griezmann - nil
Messi was part of the Argentina🇦🇷 team that finished 2nd in Copa America.
Griezmann played in the finals of Euro 2016. The Frenchman did win the Golden boot👟 for his performance in the tournament (6 goals & 2 assists).
Cristiano Ronaldo led his nation to a memorable Euro triumph apart from winning the 3rd Champions League of his career.
Here's the full 30-man shortlist📜:
Sergio Aguero (Manchester City), Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Borussia Dortmund), Gareth Bale (Real Madrid), Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Kevin de Bruyne (Manchester City), Paulo Dybala (Juventus), Diego Godin (Atletico Madrid), Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid), Gonzalo Higuain (Juventus), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Manchester United), Andres Iniesta (Barcelona), Koke (Atletico Madrid), Toni Kroos (Real Madrid), Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich), Hugo Lloris (Tottenham Hotspur), Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City), Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Luka Modric (Real Madrid), Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich), Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Neymar (Barcelona), Dimitri Payet (West Ham), Pepe (Real Madrid), Paul Pogba (Manchester United), Rui Patricio (Sporting Lisbon), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Luis Suarez (Barcelona), Jamie Vardy (Leicester City), Arturo Vidal (Bayern Munich).