First five nominees for Ballon d'Or announced

Silvia Morton
October 10, 2018

Cristiano Ronaldo headlines the latest batch of players to be announced as nominees for the 2018 Ballon d'Or by France football.

The 26-year-old also failed to win any silverware in the last 12 months, which makes his reason for inclusion even more questionable.

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.

Real Madrid and Wales forward Gareth Bale is among the nominees for this year's men's Ballon d'Or award. But I hope with all my heart that it will be one of the three.

"One of the four also because there is NG [Kante]". "I tease him often - I ask him how he manages to score so many goals". I do not put myself in, " Pogba told AFP according to Daily Star UK.

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His countryman Griezmann echoed Pogba's sentiment that the 2018 Ballon d'Or should be lifted by a France world champion.

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.

Modric won the 2018 Federation Internationale de Football Association men's award last month, while the women's award went to Brazil forward Marta, another Women's Ballon d'Or award nominee. In any case, that's what I think.

Griezmann, like Mbappe, is a candidate to win the Ballon d'Or and believes he is just as good as Ronaldo and Lionel Messi - much to the annoyance of Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos.

Sergio Aguero has been nominated for the Ballon d'Or.

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