Tottenham's Kane, 25, helped England reach the semi-finals of the World Cup in Russian Federation, while 29-year-old Bale scored twice for Real Madrid in the Champions League win over Liverpool.
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.
Hurricane Michael heads for FL; Means more rain for WNC
The hurricane is expected to be the most powerful storm to strike the southern USA state's panhandle in at least a decade. Kay Ivey warned of power outages and other problems, and forecasters said spinoff tornadoes would be a threat.
Benzema's inclusion comes as something of a surprise, the 30-year-old having scored just five LaLiga goals throughout last season as Madrid finished 17 points behind champions Barcelona.
The likes of Luis Suarez, Sergio Ramos, N'Golo Kante and Eden Hazard have yet to get off the mark in terms of percentage of votes cast, while the FIFA "Best" award victor Luka Modric has also struggled for fan votes.
Ronaldo and Messi have won the award between them for the last 10 years.
Turkish police focus on 7 suspects in Khashoggi case
He is an outspoken critic of Saudi Arabia who has dared to defy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the kingdom's de facto ruler. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to talk to reporters about the subject.
Ballon D'Or 2018: Pogba reveals his three choices
Cristiano Ronaldo headlines the latest batch of players to be announced as nominees for the 2018 Ballon d'Or by France football . De Bruyne was nominated for helping his club win the Premier League and his country reach the World Cup semi-finals.
PlayStation 5 confirmed by Sony
The PS4 launched back in November 2013 alongside the Xbox One, meaning both consoles are nearly five-years-old. Sony has indicated it is in the midst of creating the follow-up to the PlayStation 4.
Banksy Pranks Auction House, Shreds $1 Million Artwork
Del Naja is known to have been a graffiti artist before becoming a musician - best known as a founding member of Massive Attack. In 2017, Bristol DJ Goldie seemed to slip up during an interview and name Massive Attack member Robert Del Naja as Banksy .
Ind. bride takes wedding photos alone after fiancé killed
Alcohol, speed, mobile phone use and driver distraction were cited in a law enforcement report as factors in the crash. About 10 months later, though, when their planned wedding date arrived, Padgett still put on her white dress.
Nikki Haley Resigns as US Ambassador to United Nations
Ambassador Nikki Haley looks on at the United Nations Global Call to Action on the World Drug Problem during the 73rd U.N. Trump said he was considering candidates to replace Haley, and would name her successor in the next two or three weeks.