Aubameyang, Mane, Aguero & Heung-Min Included In Ballon D’Or 30-Man Shortlist
Aubameyang listed with Sadio Mane, Sergio Aguero, Heung-Min Son in 30-man shortlist for 2019 Ballon D’Or
So far, 20 players have been announced ahead of the ceremony on December 2 at the Theatre du Chatelet in Paris.
Sadio Mane (Liverpool)
Hugo Lloris (Tottenham)
Dusan Tadic (Ajax)
Frenkie De Jong (Barcelona)
Sergio Aguero (Man City)
Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool)
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal)
Kylian Mbappe (PSG)
Marc-Andre Ter Stegen (Barcelona)
Donny van de Beek (Ajax)
Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus)
Alisson Becker (Liverpool)
Matthijs de Ligt (Juventus)
Karim Benzema (Real Madrid)
Georginio Wijnaldum (Liverpool)
Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool)
Bernardo Silva (Man City)
Heung-Min Son (Tottenham)
Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich)
Roberto Firmino (Liverpool)
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been named the Premier League’s Player of the Month for September after scoring five goals in four matches.
The Arsenal striker topped an eight-man shortlist after a vote by the public, as well as by the 20 club captains and a panel of football experts.
Aubameyang’s goals during September were worth five points to Arsenal – he scored twice in their 2-2 draw at Watford, the equalisers in draws with Tottenham and Manchester United and the late winner with a free-kick against Aston Villa.
The 30-year-old – who was the joint Golden Boot winner last season – now has seven goals for the campaign, which puts him behind only Tammy Abraham and Sergio Aguero in the scorers’ charts.
It is the second time Aubameyang has been named the Premier League’s Player of the Month – the first came almost exactly a year ago, in October 2018.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Slams Dortmund CEO, Hans-Joachim Watzke
Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has taken to Twitter to hit back at claims that the Gabon striker only left Borussia Dortmund for money.
The claim was made by Dortmund chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke in an interview for a German newspaper.
The 30-year-old moved to Arsenal from the German club for a fee of £56m in January 2018.
“Better for you I never talk about why I really left Dortmund Mr Watzke. You are such a clown,” Aubameyang tweeted.
“I remember that time you said we never gonna sell Ousmane [Dembele], then you saw more than £100m, you were the first to take that money.
“Don’t talk about money please. Leave me alone please,” he added.
Watzke had been talking about the future of England player Jadon Sancho, who is in his third season at Dortmund, when he made this pointed reference about his club’s former player.
He told Suddeutsche Zeitung: “Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who plays great at Arsenal, will probably be warm-hearted when he looks at his bank account, but on Wednesdays he will be saddened when he has to watch the Champions League on television.”
In his reply, Aubameyang referred to the departure of France forward Ousmane Dembele in the summer of 2017, who was sold from the German club to Barcelona for £135.5m.
Egypt international Mohamed Salah is in line to retain his African Player of the Year award after being named on a three-man shortlist along with Liverpool team-mate Sadio Mane of Senegal and Arsenal’s Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Salah, who was named the BBC’s African Footballer of the Year for a second time in December, won the Confederation of African Football (Caf) award last year.
It was an identical shortlist with Salah emerging as the winner. With this year’s ceremony to be held at an awards gala on 8 January in Dakar, Senegal.
The women’s shortlist has also been revealed with Nigeria duo Asisat Oshoala and Francisca Ordega, and South Africa’s Thembi Kgatlana making the final three.
Oshoala has won the last two Caf awards and three in total, and along with Ordega helped the Super Falcons win the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations in 2018.
Kgatlana was the Most Valuable Player and top-scorer at the Nations Cup as Banyana Banyana narrowly lost out to Nigeria on penalties in the final.