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Aguero nominated for Ballon d'Or

09 October, 2018, 01:01 | Author: John Swanson
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Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale is among the early nominees for the Men's Ballon d'Or award as France Football release their list of 30 at staggered intervals throughout the day.

The Ballon d'Or has been awarded by France Football every year since 1956, with former England worldwide Sir Stanley Matthews the first victor.

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

The 33-year-old forward, who ended his nine-season stay at Real Madrid by moving to Juventus for £99million in the summer, is a five-time victor of the award.

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Real Madrid have two players in the Ballon d'Or nominees - Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema while PSG star Edison Cavani become the final contender.

Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann, two key members of the France national team that sailed to their second-ever World Cup trophy are also likely to finish with high tallies, as are Eden Hazard and Kevin de Bruyne, members of Belgium's star-studded side that came third at Russian Federation 2018.

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

Four other Premier League players have been named - Manchester City's Sergio Aguero and Kevin De Bruyne and Alisson and Roberto Firmino of Liverpool.

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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.

In another first, the best under-21 player will receive the Kopa Trophy.

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

This award runs alongside FIFA's The Best, which was won by Luka Modric in September.

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The Ballon d'Or, which was first won by Englishman Stanley Matthews in 1956, is decided by a ballot of journalists from around the world.

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