Ronaldo among first nominees for Ballon d’Or award

by Leon Thompson October 11, 2018, 3:13
Ronaldo among first nominees for Ballon d’Or award

Luka Modric and Kylian Mbappe are in the running to break Lionel Messi's and Cristiano Ronaldo's 10-year dominance of the Ballon d'Or. Ultimately Lloris' inclusion on the list is due to the fact that he captained France to World Cup Glory in Russian Federation. Historically, the Ballon d'Or is the best of the best.

Specialist magazine France Football, which has awarded the prize since 1956, announced the 30 nominees for the calendar year trophy, among whom a victor will be chosen by a group of respected football journalists from around the world.

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.

The Argentina star was integral in City's Premier League title win last season, scoring 30 goals in 39 appearances in all competitions.

Real Madrid have two players in the Ballon d'Or nominees - Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema while PSG star Edison Cavani become the final contender.

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The names are released in groups of five throughout the day, with the full 30-player shortlist eventually being drawn up ahead of the awards ceremony in Paris on 3 December.

Liverpool's Brazilian forward Roberto Firmino and Uruguay's rugged defender Diego Godin of Atletico Madrid also got the nod. The five time Ballon d'Or victor then went on to join Juventus for £88 million.

Ronaldo played a key role in Real's Champions League triumph last season and scored a World Cup hat-trick for Portugal against Spain.

Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker has been included in the list alongside Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero.

In another first, the best under-21 player will receive the Kopa Trophy.

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