Ballon d'Or 2018: Bale, Benzema and Agüero among first five

09 October, 2018, 08:00 | Author: Alyssa Little
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Messi has also won the award on five occasions.

What is the Ballon d'Or?

England only have one representative on the list in Harry Kane while Gareth Bale is also among the nominees.

Bale, who scored two goals in Real's triumph in the final of the Champions League against Liverpool including a spectacular overhead kick, is joined by club teammates Karim Benzema, Raphael Varane, Isco, Marcelo and Sergio Ramos.

Others are: Edinson Cavani from Uruguay, Paris St Germain; Thibaut Courtois from Belgium, Real Madrid; Cristiano Ronaldo from Portugal, Juventus; Kevin De Bruyne from Belgium, Manchester City.

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The Ballon d'Or, a prestigious award presented since 1956, is given to the best player of the year and this year's ceremony will take place in Paris on 3 December.

Federation Internationale de Football Association are releasing the full 30-man shortlist throughout Monday as Bale and Aguero were joined by Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson, Madrid striker Karim Benzema and Paris Saint-Germain forward Edinson Cavni in the first five.

But a combination of apparent voter fatigue, Croatia's fairytale run, and recent rape allegations against the Portuguese star have lessened his chances with the bookies, with Modric, who captured the rival FIFA Best Player award last month, now considered the odds-on favorite.

Kylian Mbappe is third-favourite after winning the World Cup with France at the age of 19, with 6-1 odds.

The victor will be announced on December 3.

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