Ballon d'Or nominees: Who should win the prestigious prize?

Ballon d'Or nominees: Who should win the prestigious prize?

Ballon d'Or nominees: Who should win the prestigious prize?

The Spain global, who was named in the FIFA FIFPro World 11 last month, has not been included in the latest group of five nominees for France Football's individual prize.

Premier League record-breakers Manchester City are also well represented, with Sergio Aguero and Kevin De Bruyne among those selected. The victor of the prestigious Ballon d'Or organised by France Football magazine will be announced on December 3.

He is joined by the holder and five-time victor Ronaldo, who is included after facing an allegation of rape by a woman he met in Las Vegas in 2009, which the Juventus striker denies.

The first five nominees revealed were Sergio Aguero, Alisson, Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema and Edinson Cavani.

The Ballon d'Or, a prestigious award presented since 1956, is given to the best player of the year.

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

Then came Bale, who scored twice in the Champions League final - along with Real Madrid teammate and fellow scorer, Karim Benzema.

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

Antoine Griezmann, a World Cup victor with France and Europa League champion at Atletico Madrid, is nominated alongside global teammates, Chelsea midfielder N'Golo Kante, Manchester United's Paul Pogba and PSG's Kylian Mbappe.

Tottenham striker Harry Kane is among the five latest players to be named on the 30-man Ballon d'Or shortlist, along with Eden Hazard and Antoine Griezmann.

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

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.

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

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