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Bale, De Bruyne among first Ballon d'Or nominees

10 October 2018, 10:58 | Henrietta Morgan

Bale, De Bruyne among first Ballon d'Or nominees

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The victor of the award - which is decided by journalists from 173 different nations - will be announced in Paris on December 3.

Similarly to Griezmann, Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba thinks one of Didier Deschamps' squad should claim the Ballon d'Or - but distanced himself from contention.

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.

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Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are once again nominated for Ballon d'Or award.

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.

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Others are: Edinson Cavani from Uruguay, Paris St Germain; Thibaut Courtois from Belgium, Real Madrid; Cristiano Ronaldo from Portugal, Juventus; Kevin De Bruyne from Belgium, Manchester City.

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

Premier League duo Roberto Firmino and Eden Hazard are among the nominees for the 2018 Ballon d'Or.

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