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.
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.
In another first, the best under-21 player will receive the Kopa Trophy.
New United Nations report details looming climate crisis
Adding 50 percent more warming to reach 1.5 degrees won't simply increase impacts by the same percentage-bad as that would be. The outcome will determine whether "my grandchildren would get to see lovely coral reefs ", Princeton's Oppenheimer said.
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.
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 .
A Running List of Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame Omissions
Artists must have released their first commercial recording at least 25 years prior to the year of nomination to be eligible. This year's lucky names will be announced in December 2018, while the ceremony itself will take place on March 29, 2019.
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.
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.