Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero and Kevin de Bruyne are contenders, as are Liverpool keeper Alisson and forwards Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino. Wales forward Gareth Bale and England striker Harry Kane are among the nominees for the 2018 Ballon d’Or.
Paul Pogba, of Manchester United, and Chelsea pair Eden Hazard and N’Golo Kante are also on the 30-man list, being revealed five players at a time. The Ballon d’Or is given to the best player of the year.
A ceremony to announce the winner of the prestigious award, first presented in 1956, will take place in Paris on 3 December, when a women’s award will also be presented for the first time. Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo, who joined Juventus from Real Madrid in the summer, won last year’s Ballon d’Or and is again a contender.
Tottenham’s Kane, 25, who is shortlisted alongside team-mate Hugo Lloris, helped England reach the semi-finals of the World Cup in Russia, while 29-year-old Bale scored twice for Real Madrid in the Champions League win over Liverpool.
The list so far:
|2018 Ballon d’Or nominees|
|Sergio Aguero||Forward||Argentina||Manchester City|
|Gareth Bale||Forward||Wales||Real Madrid|
|Karim Benzema||Forward||France||Real Madrid|
|Kevin de Bruyne||Midfielder||Belgium||Manchester City|
|Edinson Cavani||Forward||Uruguay||Paris St-Germain|
|Thibaut Courtois||Goalkeeper||Belgium||Real Madrid|
|Diego Godin||Defender||Uruguay||Atletico Madrid|
|Antoine Griezmann||Forward||France||Atletico Madrid|
|Kylian Mbappe||Forward||France||Paris St-Germain|
|Luka Modric||Midfielder||Croatia||Real Madrid|
|Jan Oblak||Goalkeeper||Poland||Atletico Madrid|
|Paul Pogba||Midfielder||France||Manchester United|
What is the Ballon d’Or?
The Ballon d’Or has been awarded by France Football every year since 1956, with former England international Sir Stanley Matthews the first winner.
The list is compiled by the editorial staff of the French publication, with the winner voted for by journalists from around the world, with one representative per nation.
For six years it combined with world football’s governing body to become the Fifa Ballon d’Or. However, Fifa ended its association with the award in September 2016.
At Fifa’s awards in September, Croatia and Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric was named the world’s best male player, while Brazil and Orlando Pride forward Marta won the best female player award.
|Ballon d’Or winners: Ronaldo & Messi dominate since 2008|
|2008||Cristiano Ronaldo||Lionel Messi||Fernando Torres|
|2009||Lionel Messi||Cristiano Ronaldo||Xavi|
|2010||Lionel Messi||Andres Iniesta||Xavi|
|2011||Lionel Messi||Cristiano Ronaldo||Xavi|
|2012||Lionel Messi||Cristiano Ronaldo||Andres Iniesta|
|2013||Cristiano Ronaldo||Lionel Messi||Franck Ribery|
|2014||Cristiano Ronaldo||Lionel Messi||Manuel Neuer|
|2015||Lionel Messi||Cristiano Ronaldo||Neymar|
|2016||Cristiano Ronaldo||Lionel Messi||Antoine Griezmann|
|2017||Cristiano Ronaldo||Lionel Messi||Neymar|
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