Tuesday, 23 October, 2018

Bale, De Bruyne among first Ballon d'Or nominees

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Juventus striker Ronaldo won the award for a fifth time a year ago as a Real Madrid player.

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.

The victor will be announced on December 3.

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