Ronaldo among first nominees for Ballon d’Or award

Oct 11, 2018, 18:47
Ronaldo among first nominees for Ballon d’Or award

The 30-man shortlist was put together by France Football's editorial team, and now a "jury of specialised journalists" - there were 176 previous year - will vote for their favourites.

Ronaldo has been made second-favourite, with 5-2 odds while Messi has not been fancied much this year despite another brilliant season with Barcelona - with odds as long as 12-1.

The Croatian had a stellar year, leading his country to an unlikely World Cup final while also winning a third-consecutive Champions League title.

However, Fifa ended its association with the award in September 2016.

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Griezmann, who was ignored for FIFA's The Best awards, is among the top 30 for the Ballon d'Or nominees.

France won the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation, and seven players of the squad made the 30 man nominees for the 2018 Ballon d'Or.

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

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.

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Egypt and Liverpool star Mohamed Salah has been included among the 30 players nominated for the 2018 Ballon d'Or award which is sponsored by renowned French magazine France Football.

For the first time ever, France Football is giving out a women's Ballon d'Or, with Germany's Dzsenifer Marozsan and Brazilian Marta among the top names in the running.

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

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

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