Ballon d'Or 2018: Bale, Kane, Messi, Ronaldo, Salah, Pogba, Aguero among nominees

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Wales forward Gareth Bale and England striker Harry Kane are among the nominees for the 2018 Ballon d'Or.

The 30-man shortlist is dominated by Champions League winners Real Madrid, who have eight players nominated.

Chelsea's Eden Hazard, Liverpool's Mohamed Salah and Manchester City's Kevin de Bruyne are among 11 Premier League players on the list.

The Ballon d'Or, first presented in 1956, is given to the best player of the year.

A ceremony to announce the winner of the prestigious award will take place in Paris on 3 December, when a women's award will also be presented for the first time.

Manchester City's Sergio Aguero is a contender, as are Liverpool keeper Alisson and forwards Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino.

Paul Pogba, of Manchester United, Chelsea's N'Golo Kante and Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris are also selected.

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 along with five-time winner Lionel Messi.

 

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. - BBC Sport

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 shortlist:

2018 Ballon d'Or nominees

Name Position Country Club

 

Sergio Aguero Forward Argentina Manchester City

Alisson Goalkeeper Brazil Liverpool

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

Roberto Firmino Forward Brazil Liverpool

Diego Godin Defender Uruguay Atletico Madrid

Antoine Griezmann Forward France Atletico Madrid

Eden Hazard Forward Belgium Chelsea

Isco Midfielder Spain Real Madrid

Harry Kane Forward England Tottenham

N'Golo Kante Midfielder France Chelsea

Hugo Lloris Goalkeeper France Tottenham

Mario Mandzukic Forward Croatia Juventus

Sadio Mane Forward Senegal Liverpool

Marcelo Defender Brazil Real Madrid

Kylian Mbappe Forward France Paris St-Germain

Lionel Messi Forward Argentina Barcelona

Luka Modric Midfielder Croatia Real Madrid

Neymar Forward Brazil Paris St-Germain

Jan Oblak Goalkeeper Slovenia Atletico Madrid

Paul Pogba Midfielder France Manchester United

Cristiano Ronaldo Forward Portugal Juventus

Ivan Rakitic Midfielder Croatia Barcelona

Sergio Ramos Defender Spain Real Madrid

Mohamed Salah Midfielder Egypt Liverpool

Luis Suarez Forward Uruguay Barcelona

Raphael Varane Defender France Real Madrid

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