Real Madrid shine in list of nominees for Ballon d'Or

Gareth Bale

Bale scored a spectacular overhead kick in the Champions League final in May as Real Madrid beat Liverpool 3-1

The last player other than Ronaldo or Lionel Messi to win the award was Kaka in 2007, but in 2018, Real Madrid midfielder Modric, who took his team to the World Cup final in Moscow, as well as winning the Champions League, is set to break the duopoly. Although Manchester United keeper David de Gea seems to have not been chosen in the shortlist for the footballing award.

Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo, who joined Juventus from Real Madrid in the summer, won last year's Ballon d'Or.

Griezmann won the World Cup with France, finishing as the man of the match in the final and he also finished as the Europa League's best player with a brace in the final.

Nominees for the honour are being released gradually throughout Monday, with Manchester City pair Sergio Aguero and Kevin De Bruyne and Liverpool duo Alisson Becker and Roberto Firmino the current Premier League contenders.

Lionel Messi, Neymar and World Cup victor Kylian Mbappe are among the final players named on the 30-man Ballon d'Or shortlist.

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

Also making the cut are Juve's Mario Mandzukic and Liverpool's Sadio Mane, while Barcelona are also represented by Croat defender Ivan Rakitic.

LaLiga Santander has 14 candidates on the 30-man shortlist, nearly half of the complete list.

A panel of journalists selects the Ballon d'Or victor which was first established in 1956 and will this year feature a women's award for the first time. Here we will discuss the players who have made the list due to reputation and team success, rather than individual performances.

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