Madrid's Croatia playmaker Modric is a 4/7 favourite to win the award having won the Federation Internationale de Football Association gong for the men's player of the year.
Ronaldo and Messi have won the award between them for the last 10 years.
The Croatian had a stellar year, leading his country to an unlikely World Cup final while also winning a third-consecutive Champions League title.
The first five Ballon d'Or nominees have been named and a number of Premier League players feature prominently on the list.
Bale, who scored two goals in Real's triumph in the final of the Champions League against Liverpool, joins his club teammate Karim Benzema among the first wave of 30 nominees for the year's best player. The victor of the prestigious Ballon d'Or organised by France Football magazine will be announced on December 3.
Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann, two key members of the France national team that sailed to their second-ever World Cup trophy are also likely to finish with high tallies, as are Eden Hazard and Kevin de Bruyne, members of Belgium's star-studded side that came third at Russian Federation 2018.
Also making the cut are Juve's Mario Mandzukic and Liverpool's Sadio Mane, while Barcelona are also represented by Croat defender Ivan Rakitic.
Brazil's Marta, crowned best women's player for a record sixth time at last month's Federation Internationale de Football Association awards, is also in contention after her role in winning the Copa America.
PSG's Mbappe appears a dead certainty for the newly-introduced Kopa Trophy, which rewards the best players under 21, and is voted on by previous Ballon d'Or winners.
Other nominees are Pernille Harder, Lindsey Horan, Fran Kirby, Sam Kerr, Lieke Martens, Megan Rapinoe and Christine Sinclair.
Sir Stanley Matthews won the first Ballon d'Or in 1956.
Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel tossed a football with pitching coach Dana LeVangie before throwing a baseball in the outfield. Red Sox: 1B Mitch Moreland had what Cora called aggressive treatment on his right hamstring, which forced him from Game 2.
A fuming Kavanaugh strode into the same packed hearing room and said he was "100 per cent" certain the incident had not occurred. The Maine senator is under enormous pressure to vote for Kavanaugh, and she has indicated that she is leaning in that direction.
Now the crucial question is whether President Trump will grant a waiver to India for the purchase of the S-400. The deal demonstrates the highest level of trust and understanding between India and Russian Federation .
Portal is powered by an AI camera that "stays with the action" and automatically zooms to keep people in the frame. The Portal and Portal + are new video calling devices which feature built-in speakers and large touchscreens.
Her solo safari, which ends in Egypt, has shown her interest in conservation, education, children's welfare and tourism. Others are not convinced the White House sees Africa as "extremely important", the first lady's trip notwithstanding.
In 2016, at the age of 23, Murad was named the UN's first Goodwill Ambassador for the Dignity of Survivors of Human Trafficking. The choice of two campaigners against sexual violence in war will highlight an issue that has been marginalised for decades.
It was the first time a USA official said the administration was in the process of considering waivers. Crude oil prices stayed steady Friday after a volatile week that saw the highest prices in four years.
Donald Trump's court pick generated a controversy that captured the nation's attention in a way that few political issues do. Talking to reporters aboard Air Force One on his way to a rally in Kansas, Trump told reporters, "I'm a hundred percent".
Nuclear diplomacy later stalled due to suspicions over how honest North Korea is about its disarmament pledge, but U.S. He said there's continuing worldwide support for economic sanctions to remain on North Korea in the meantime.
Stevens, who retired in 2010 after 35 years on the bench, stands as one of the longest-serving justices in history. I might have been too emotional at times. "The first thing I did was take that picture down", she said .
As the women yelled at him from the hallway, Hatch waved and told them to "grow up" as he entered an elevator surrounded by aides. And now, just weeks before the midterm elections Kavanaugh is accused of sexual misconduct in high school and college.
OnePlus 6T All Set to Go Official on October 30
OnePlus confirmed that the launch invites would be available at Rs 999 via oneplus .in from 10:00 AM IST on October 17 , 2018. The "Unlock The Speed" event will, of course be live streamed in case you don't want to make the schlep.
Brett Kavanaugh Sworn In As Newest Supreme Court Justice
The ceremony took place in the room where the justices meet for their private conferences. "Judge Kavanaugh's record is clear". Kavanaugh was quickly sworn in at the court building, across the street from the Capitol, even as protesters chanted outside.
Toyota announces new recall of 2.4 million hybrid cars
Toyota Ireland said they will be contacting all affected customers directly by mail to arrange to have their vehicles checked. In the case of Toyota's latest recall, some of the hybrids mentioned have undergone two prior recalls to fix related issues.
Jury convicts Chicago officer of 2nd-degree murder
Defense attorney Dan Herbert called Van Dyke "a sacrificial lamb" offered by political and community leaders "to save themselves". The Chicago Police Department had also begun making plans to react quickly if riots broke out upon a not guilty verdict.
US Vice President to attack China in major speech as ties worsen
Chinese officials confirmed it sent the Luoyang to drive the USS Decatur away and urged the U.S.to stop its "provocative" actions. Mattis this week acknowledged "tension points" between the USA and China, but told reporters he did not "see it getting worse".