West Ham fans react on Twitter as first teamer named on Ballon d’Or shortlist
By Dominic Toner
West Ham ace Dimitri Payet has been named on the 30-man shortlist for the Ballon d’Or award – and the club’s supporters were thrilled on Twitter.
The French midfielder has made the prestigious list that is judged solely by a panel of journalists this year.
Payet, 29, has enjoyed a fantastic 12 months for both club and country and been rewarded by being named among the world’s best player, with Cristiano Ronaldo the bookmakers’ favourite to scoop the prize.
There were eight Premier League representatives named, including Leicester duo Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez.
West Ham fans expressed their delight with Payet’s individual achievement and feel he fully deserved to be listed.
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Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
Payet on the shortlist for the Ballon D'oR is awesome!! To play for West Ham and be on the list is pretty special
— Simon Dawkins (@simondawkins23) October 24, 2016
Just give Dimi Payet the Ballon d'Or for pulling the occasional impossible
— ronan (@Ronantheburke) October 24, 2016
Payet starred in France’s team at the European Championships and helped the host nation to the final, were they were beaten by Portugal.
The attacking midfielder has emerged into a fan favourite at West Ham since he signed in 2015 from Marseille.
He helped the club to a seventh-placed finish last season and was the driving force behind Slaven Bilic’s side.
Payet has made 52 appearances for the Hammers, scoring 17 goals and supplying 22 assists from midfield.
Here is the full Ballon d’Or 30-man list:
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)
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