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Ballon d'Or 2018: Ronaldo, Courtois nominated but De Gea misses out

09 October, 2018, 07:57 | Author: Hannah Francis
  • Bale Ronaldo Kanté among nominees for 2018 Ballon d’Or

Real Madrid ace Gareth Bale and Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero are among the first five players to make the shortlist for the Ballon d'Or.

Ronaldo and Messi shared the prize between 2008 and 2017, each winning it five times, but it remains to be seen if either of the pair can beat Modric to this year's award.

Do you think Modric will beat Ronaldo and Messi to the 2018 Ballon d'Or prize?

Federation Internationale de Football Association split from the Ballon d'Or in 2016 to launch its own set of awards.

Ballon d'Or season is in full swing, and the nominations have been revealed!

Then came Bale, who scored twice in the Champions League final - along with Real Madrid teammate and fellow scorer, Karim Benzema.

De Bruyne was nominated for helping his club win the Premier League and his country reach the World Cup semi-finals.




Antoine Griezmann is one of the great favorites to take the prize due to his triumphs in the Europe League, the UEFA Super Cup title and, above all, the World Cup in Russian Federation, where he was one of the most outstanding players.

Manchester City forward Sergio Aguero, Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson, Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema and Paris St-Germain attacker Edinson Cavani are also contenders.

Also making the cut are Juve's Mario Mandzukic and Liverpool's Sadio Mane, while Barcelona are also represented by Croat defender Ivan Rakitic.

If the Croatian does not lift the Golden Ball, it would be the first time since 2004 that two different players win the Ballon d'Or and the Federation Internationale de Football Association accolade.

France internationals Amandine Henry, Amel Majri and Wendie Renard are joined on the list by Germany's Dzsenifer Marozsan, England's Lucy Bronze, Ada Hegerberg of Norway and Japan defender Saki Kumagai.

Other nominees are Pernille Harder, Lindsey Horan, Fran Kirby, Sam Kerr, Lieke Martens, Megan Rapinoe and Christine Sinclair.

Kylian Mbappe, who hit four goals in 13 minutes on Sunday in the rout over Lyon, remains in the hunt for the award after ending his season with a World Cup winners' medal with France.

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