With the Ballon d’Or nominees officially unveiled, Goal has broken down this year’s field while taking a look at some of the most interesting facts surrounding those involved.Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi once again headline the list of players in the running for the Ballon d’Or as France Football unveiled a list of 30 nominees on Monday. The two have had stranglehold on the award in recent years with Kaka being the last player to top the duo for the annual award. Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! This year’s field has a number of interesting candidates, including Luka Modric, who claimed FIFA’s Best Men’s Player award, as well as a strong French contingent following this summer’s World Cup triumph.