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

09 October, 2018, 11:31 | Author: Judy Cobb
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The 30-man shortlist for the annual award is separate from FIFA's The Best award, which was won by Luka Modric.

The 33-year-old won the FIFA The Best award earlier in the year, pipping Ronaldo and Salah to the trophy.

Chelsea midfielder Kante was a pivotal figure in France's World Cup success and helped his club win the FA Cup in May.

Mo Salah, N'Golo Kante, Harry Kane, Paul Pogba, Eden Hazard, Roberto Firmino, Kevin de Bruyne, Alisson, Sadio Mane, Sergio Aguero and Hugo Lloris are the nominees among those announced now plying their trade in the Premier League.

It is 10 years since Juventus attacker Cristiano Ronaldo first won the award, marking the start of an unprecedented duopoly between the Portuguese and Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi.

The first five Ballon d'Or nominees have been named and a number of Premier League players feature prominently on the list.

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

Liverpool's Brazilian forward Roberto Firmino and Uruguay's rugged defender Diego Godin of Atletico Madrid also got the nod.

Manchester City's Sergio Aguero and Kevin de Bruyne are contenders while Liverpool's formidable top three Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino were all included.

The player with the most points will be awarded the Ballon d'Or, while the player with the most first picks will claim the prize in the event of a tie.

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

The Ballon d'Or has been awarded by France Football every year since 1956, with former England worldwide Sir Stanley Matthews the first victor.

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