By Will Butcher
Former Tottenham duo Luka Modric and Gareth Bale have been named in the 30-man shortlist for the Ballon d’Or – and Spurs fans have reacted with delight on Twitter.
The Real Madrid duo have been nominated after a fantastic season that saw both hold aloft the Champions League trophy after a penalty shootout win against Atletico Madrid.
Bale also enjoyed a sparkling Euro 2016 campaign with Wales, as they defied the odds to reach the semi finals of the tournament before being knocked out by eventual winners Portugal.
Former White Hart Lane stars Modric and Bale both moved to Real for a combined £120million after starring for Tottenham during their time in North London.
Tottenham fans have taken to Twitter to express their pride of their former stars for once again being nominated, with many reminiscing of their time with Spurs.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
— Tottenham Global (@Tottenhamglobal) October 24, 2016
Modric nominated for Ballon d'Or??
— Luka Modrić (@LlamaLuc) October 24, 2016
Modric and Bale in this Spurs side. OOMF. League would be won. #FACT
— D (@diamondx1982) October 23, 2016
If Spurs still had Modric and Bale they would've won the league by now!
— Jason (@JHA88) October 22, 2016
Buzzing to see Bale and Modric on the list for Ballon d'Or #thfc
— The Fallen Giants (@FallenGiants) October 24, 2016
Gareth Bale is still the only player to cost more than £80 million and justify it #COYS
— Brandon. (@Lamelesque) October 24, 2016
I can see it right now:
Lloris, Bale and Modric as the final three ???????
— Aaliyaan Waja (@AaliyaanW) October 24, 2016
Bale was a Tottenham player for six years after moving to London from Southampton back in 2007, and scored an impressive 55 goals during his time at White Hart Lane in 204 league and cup encounters.
Like Bale, Modric starred for Spurs before moving to Real Madrid after creating a total of 27 strikes in 164 appearances for the Premier League title contenders.
Here is the full 30-man shortlist for the Ballon d’Or:
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 (Atlético Madrid)
Antoine Griezmann (Atlético Madrid)
Gonzalo Higuain (Napoli/Juventus)
Zlatan Ibrahimovic (PSG/Manchester United)
Andrés Iniesta (Barcelona)
Koke (Atletico Madrid)
Toni Kroos (Real Madrid)
Robert Lewandowski (Bayern)
Hugo Lloris (Tottenham Hotspur)
Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City)
Lionel Messi (FC Barcelona)
Luka Modric (Real Madrid)
Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich)
Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich)
Dimitri Payet (West Ham United)
Pepe (Real Madrid)
Paul Pogba (Manchester United)
Rui Patricio (Sporting Portugal)
Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid)
Luis Suarez (Barcelona)
Jamie Vardy (Leicester City)
Arturo Vidal (Bayern Munich)
In other Tottenham news, fans have reacted on Twitter after this first-team star was also named on the list.