Modric, Ronaldo, others battle for Ballon d’Or

08 October, 2018, 22:39 | Author: Brenda Erickson
  • Gareth Bale is one of the first nominees for the 2018 Ballon d'or

The winners will be announced at a ceremony in Paris on Monday December 3, with television coverage from 20:45 CET.

The Ballon d'Or is separate from FIFA's own world player of the year awards, which was won by Real Madrid's Croatian midfielder Luka Modric.

During the turn of the decade FIFA and Ballon d'Or merged together and was presented as one prestigious award but that association came to an end in 2016.

Alisson helped Roma reach the Champions League semi-finals last season and is the second-most expensive goalkeeper in history.

Manchester City forward Sergio Aguero is nominated as is another prolific South American striker, Edinson Cavani of Uruguay and Paris Saint-Germain.

Kane, the only English player to be named so far, is also up against Ronaldo's former Real Madrid team-mate Gareth Bale and Chelsea duo Eden Hazard and N'Golo Kante.

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Two goalkeepers are also among the first 15 - Thibaut Courtois of Belgium and Real Madrid and Liverpool and Brazil stopper Alisson Becker.

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

Brazil's Marta, crowned best women's player for a record sixth time at last month's Federation Internationale de Football Association awards, is also in contention after her role in winning the Copa America.

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

Kylian Mbappe, who is favourite for the Kopa Trophy for the best player under the age of 21, also made the list.

Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the Ballon d'Or nominees.

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