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Bale, De Bruyne among first Ballon d'Or nominees

Ballon d'Or LIVE updates- Bale and Aguero among first nominees Ballon d'Or 2018: Bale, Benzema and Agüero among first five
Rita Gibson | 10 October, 2018, 10:57

For the first time, a Ballon d'Or for women players will be awarded this year, with Champions League winners Lyon accounting for seven of the 15 nominees.

Ronaldo is the defending champion, having won his fifth Ballon d'Or in 2017.

For a while the award was combined with world football's governing body FIFA's Best Award, but the association was cut off in September 2016.

The victor of the prestigious Ballon d'Or organised by France Football magazine will be announced on December 3.

The 30 Ballon d'Or nominees, revealed by France Football, have been released and consist of 11 Premier League players, 14 from La Liga, three from Ligue 1 and two from Serie A.

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

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Bale's club-mate Luka Modric, who is yet to be named as a candidate, is among the early favourites after Real's European success against the Reds and leading Croatia to the World Cup final.

Pogba is one of six members of Les Bleus' squad nominated for France Football Magazine's prestigious award - with team-mates Antoine Griezmann, Kylian Mbappe, Raphael Varane, N'Golo Kante and Hugo Lloris joining the midfield star.

The likes of Luis Suarez, Sergio Ramos, N'Golo Kante and Eden Hazard have yet to get off the mark in terms of percentage of votes cast, while the FIFA "Best" award victor Luka Modric has also struggled for fan votes.

Other nominees are Pernille Harder, Lindsey Horan, Fran Kirby, Sam Kerr, Lieke Martens, Megan Rapinoe and Christine Sinclair.

Liverpool's Alisson Becker, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane have been shortlisted for the 2018 Ballon d'Or.

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