The award organisers, France Football, are announcing the 30-man shortlist throughout today and Kante was among the first five revealed this morning. It really depends on opinion, but the annual Balon d'Or trophy crowns the victor.
France lead all countries with four players, ahead of Belgium, Brazil, and Spain with three each.
Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Neymar headline an impressive 30-man shortlist unveiled on Monday for the 2017 Ballon d'Or world footballer of the year award.
The Portugal superstar lifted his fourth Ballon d'Or past year and another win would bring him level with Barcelona legend Messi. According to a Spanish daily Don Balon, the Real Madrid superstar has even claimed the fact that Lionel Messi is only a single club player and his choice of sticking up with Barcelona is perhaps the only option he is having.
Despite spending the majority of 2017 as the worlds most expensive player, Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba misses out.
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Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois also misses out, and while on the subject of goalkeepers, there is the fairly huge ommision of Bayern Munich stopper, Manuel Neuer.
Among those missing out on being nominated were Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez and Juventus' Gonzalo Higuain.
There was also no room on the shortlist for Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero.
Chelsea and Liverpool each have two nominees: Eden Hazard and 2016/17 EA SPORTS Player of the Season N'Golo Kante; Philippe Coutinho and Sadio Mane.