Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga has been named as one of the ten contenders for the first Ballon d’Or for goalkeepers, the Yashin Trophy.
The Yashin Trophy was unveiled as part of the main Ballon d’Or award this year. It was announced last month by the organiser of this awarding body that the keeper’s Ballon d’Or will be given for the very first time this year.
The award is named after the Soviet international goalie Lev Yashin. He was the only goalkeeper to have won the main Ballon d’Or back in 1963.
The Spanish keeper got the 2019 Europa League at the end of the season as a Blues player. He is joined by three other goalies from the Premier League, Alisson Becker from Liverpool, Tottenham’s Hugo Lloris and Ederson Moraes from Manchester City.
Completing the list are Samir Handonovic from Inter Milan, Manuel Neuer of Bayern Munich, Atletico Madrid’s Jan Oblak, Ajax pride, Andre Onana, Juventus Wojciech Szczesny, and Barcelona’s Marc-Andre ter Stegen.
Former Chelsea player, Eden Hazard is also listed for the main Ballon d’Or award. He joined by 29 other players across the globe. If he get to win this award, he will be named as a Chelsea player as he had played during the first half of the year before leaving Stamford Bridge for Real Madrid.
Winners for the Ballon d’Or and the Yashin Trophy will be on December 2 in Paris.