Messi, Ronaldo, Hazard Lead Ballon d’Or Nominees

Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have been shortlisted alongside 28 others for the 2018 ballon D’or.

The 30-man shortlist is dominated by Champions League winners Real Madrid, who have eight players nominated, while Chelsea’s Eden Hazard, Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah and Manchester City’s Kevin de Bruyne are among 11 Premier League players on the list.

Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero is a contender, as are Liverpool keeper Alisson and forwards Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino.

Paul Pogba, of Manchester United, Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante and Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris are also selected, as are Tottenham’s Harry Kane, 25, who is shortlisted alongside team-mate Hugo Lloris.

Gareth Bale, who scored twice for Real Madrid in the Champions League win over Liverpool, also gets a nod alongside his teammates Luka Modric, Raphael Varane and Sergio Ramos.

A ceremony to announce the winner of the prestigious award will take place in Paris on 3 December, when a women’s award will also be presented for the first time.

2018 Ballon d’Or nominees
Sergio AgueroForwardArgentinaManchester City
Gareth BaleForwardWalesReal Madrid
Karim BenzemaForwardFranceReal Madrid
Kevin de Bruyne MidfielderBelgiumManchester City
Edinson CavaniForwardUruguayParis St-Germain
Thibaut CourtoisGoalkeeperBelgiumReal Madrid
Roberto FirminoForwardBrazilLiverpool
Diego GodinDefenderUruguayAtletico Madrid
Antoine GriezmannForwardFranceAtletico Madrid
Eden HazardForwardBelgiumChelsea
IscoMidfielderSpainReal Madrid
Harry KaneForwardEnglandTottenham
N’Golo KanteMidfielderFranceChelsea
Hugo LlorisGoalkeeperFranceTottenham
Mario MandzukicForwardCroatiaJuventus
Sadio ManeForwardSenegalLiverpool
MarceloDefenderBrazilReal Madrid
Kylian MbappeForwardFranceParis St-Germain
Lionel MessiForwardArgentinaBarcelona
Luka ModricMidfielderCroatiaReal Madrid
NeymarForwardBrazilParis St-Germain
Jan OblakGoalkeeperSloveniaAtletico Madrid
Paul PogbaMidfielderFranceManchester United
Cristiano RonaldoForwardPortugalJuventus
Ivan RakiticMidfielderCroatiaBarcelona
Sergio RamosDefenderSpainReal Madrid
Mohammed SalahMidfielderEgyptLiverpool
Luis SuarezForwardUruguayBarcelona
Raphael VaraneDefenderFranceReal Madrid


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