Two footballers included in shortlist for 2016 BBC Sports Personality of the Year award

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The BBC has revealed a shortlist of sixteen individuals for the upcoming 2016 BBC Sports Personality of the Year award.

The sixteen contenders will go forward to a vote on the night of the live show on Sunday, 18 December.

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The two footballers nominated for the award are Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale and Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy.

Vardy gets the nod after featuring in Leicester City’s historic Premier League triumph last season, but is priced at 100/1 following their poor start to the new campaign and England’s abysmal Euro 2016 efforts.

On the other hand we have Bale, a key figure in Wales’ memorable European Championship in France after winning his second Champions League with Los Blancos.

However, after winning Wimbledon and the Olympics, World number one tennis player Andy Murray is a huge favourite to win the award for the third time in four years.

Unsurprisingly, there is no room for Tyson Fury…The BBC has revealed its list of sixteen contenders for the sports personality of the year award which contains just two footballers.

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