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2018 Ballon d’Or: Messi, Ronaldo, Mbappe in 30-man list

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Argentina forward, Lionel Messi alongside Egypt’s Mohamed Salah, Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo and France’s Kylian Mbappe are among the 30-man nomination list released on Monday for the 2018 Ballon d’Or award.

The award has been dominated over the past 10 years by Messi and Ronaldo, and it is yet to be seen if any other player is deserving of the prestigious title.

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

Real Madrid forwards Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema and midfielder Luka Modric are among the nominees, as well as Chelsea’s Eden Hazard, Liverpool’s Sadio Mane and Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero and Kevin de Bruyne.

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The Ballon d’Or has been awarded by France Football every year since 1956. For six years it combined with world football’s governing body, before Fifa ended its association with the award in 2016.

The list is compiled by the editorial staff of the French publication, with the winner voted for by journalists from around the world, with one representative per nation.

FULL LIST OF NOMINEES

Sergio Aguero (ARG / Manchester City)
Alisson (BRA / Liverpool)
Gareth Bale (WAL / Real Madrid)
Karim Benzema (FRA / Real Madrid)
Edinson Cavani (URU / PSG)
Thibaut Courtois (BEL / Chelsea)
Cristiano Ronaldo (POR / Juventus)
Kevin De Bruyne (BEL / Manchester City)
Roberto Firmino (BRA / Liverpool)
Diego Godin (URU / Atlético Madrid)
Antoine Griezmann (FRA / Atlético Madrid)
Eden Hazard (BEL / Chelsea)
Isco (SPA / Real Madrid)
Harry Kane (ENG / Tottenham)
N’Golo Kanté (FRA / Chelsea)
Hugo Lloris (FRA / Tottenham)
Mario Mandzukic (CRO / Juventus Turin)
Sadio Mané (SEN / Liverpool)
Marcelo (BRA / Real Madrid)
Kylian Mbappé (FRA / PSG)
Lionel Messi (ARG / FC Barcelone)
Luka Modric (CRO / Real Madrid)
Neymar (BRA / PSG)
Jan Oblak (SLO / Atlético Madrid)
Paul Pogba (FRA / Manchester United)
Ivan Rakitic (CRO / Barcelona)
Sergio Ramos (SPA / Real Madrid)
Mohamed Salah (EGY / Liverpool)
Luis Suarez (URU / Barcelona)
Raphaël Varane (FRA / Real Madrid)

 

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