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Ballon d'Or LIVE updates- Bale and Aguero among first nominees

Ballon d'Or LIVE updates- Bale and Aguero among first nominees

Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo, who joined Juventus from Real Madrid in the summer, won last year's Ballon d'Or.

"For us, it was the best trophy you can win as a footballer".

France won the FIFA World Cup in 2016.

"The betting suggests Messi and Ronaldo's grip on the Ballon d'Or could be coming to an end this year as Luka Modric is odds-on to win the prize following his performances at the World Cup with Croatia and domestically for Real Madrid", said Coral's John Hill.

Four goalkeepers are also among the 30 - Thibaut Courtois of Belgium and Real Madrid, Liverpool and Brazil stopper Alisson Becker, Tottenham's France World Cup victor Hugo Lloris and Atletico's Jan Oblak.

Atletico Madrid striker Griezmann and PSG wonderkid Mbappe are seen as the Frenchmen with the best chance of individual glory, but Croatia midfielder Luka Modric is the favourite for the award after winning the Champions League with Real and leading his country to the final of Russian Federation 2018.

The Argentina star was integral in City's Premier League title win last season, scoring 30 goals in 39 appearances in all competitions.

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

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.

The victor of the prestigious award organised by France Football magazine will be announced on December 3.

Four other Premier League players have been named - Manchester City's Sergio Aguero and Kevin De Bruyne and Alisson and Roberto Firmino of Liverpool. "He can play at any club in the world".

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