Published: Tue, October 09, 2018
Sport | By Stuart Potter

Bale, De Bruyne among first Ballon d'Or nominees

Bale, De Bruyne among first Ballon d'Or nominees

No City player has won the coveted prize and Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have dominated the award over the past decade, winning it five times each.

Modric, a World Cup runner-up with Croatia, beat Juventus' Ronaldo and Salah to win the Federation Internationale de Football Association prize last month after Messi was surprisingly left off the final three-man list.

Ronaldo and Messi have won the award between them for the last 10 years.

Ballon d'Or season is in full swing, and the nominations have been revealed!

Alisson joined the club from AS Roma during the summer after helping the Serie A side reach the Champions League semi-finals last season and having represented Brazil at the World Cup.

Karim Benzema, Edinson Cavani and Manchester City's Sergio Aguero make up the first five.

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Real Madrid and Wales forward Gareth Bale and Manchester City's Belgium midfielder Kevin De Bruyne also featured among a list of familiar names.

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.

Modric's worldwide team-mates Mario Mandzukic and Ivan Rakitic are also on the shortlist, as are Liverpool duo Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane.

Thirty players will be announced on the shortlist for the 2018 award.

If the Croatian does not lift the Golden Ball, it would be the first time since 2004 that two different players win the Ballon d'Or and the Federation Internationale de Football Association accolade.

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.

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