Copa America

Leicester duo competing with Messi, Ronaldo for Ballon d'Or

PARIS (AP) Leicester forwards Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy will try to break the domination of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in the annual Ballon d'Or award for the world's best player.

The stars of Leicester's surprise English Premier League title are among 30 players announced Monday as candidates for the prize presented by France Football magazine.

Five-time winner Messi and three-time winner Ronaldo are the only previous winners nominated for a prize that is no longer linked to FIFA.