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Gareth Bale and Sergio Aguero among first Ballon d'Or candidates

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Rita Gibson | 08 October, 2018, 21:23

De Bruyne was nominated for helping his club win the Premier League and his country reach the World Cup semi-finals.

Real Madrid forward Bale is joined by Los Blancos team-mate Karim Benzema while Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani is also among the first five names to be announced by French magazine France Football.

Federation Internationale de Football Association are releasing the full 30-man shortlist throughout Monday names are released in alphabetical order with the likes of Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Luka Modric expected to make the shortlist.

Benzema scored 11 times in 32 LaLiga matches as he helped Real Madrid lift the Champions League during an impressive season.

SkyBet have installed him as the 4/7 favourite to be named 2018 Ballon d'Or victor.

Kante was also part of France's victorious side in Russian Federation, while Isco helped Real Madrid to win a third consecutive Champions League.

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Courtois, who won FIFA's The Best Goalkeeper of the year, has been nominated for his brilliant season for Chelsea and Belgium at the World Cup.

Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker has been included in the list alongside Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero.

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

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.

NAIJ.com previously reported that Real Madrid were crowned champions of Europe for the 13th time as they defeated Liverpool in the Champions League final by 3-1.

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