Harry Kane, Cristiano Ronaldo and Eden Hazard named on Ballon d'Or shortlist

Ballon d'Or LIVE updates- Bale and Aguero among first nominees

The Spain worldwide, who was named in the FIFA FIFPro World 11 last month, has not been included in the latest group of five nominees for France Football's individual prize.

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

In total 30 nominees will be announced, with the ceremony scheduled for 3 December.

Real Madrid playmaker Isco and Chelsea midfielder N'Golo Kante have also been revealed as nominees for France Football's prize.

He is joined by the holder and five-time victor Ronaldo, who is included after facing an allegation of rape by a woman he met in Las Vegas in 2009, which the Juventus striker denies.

Federation Internationale de Football Association split from the Ballon d'Or in 2016 to launch its own set of awards.




Alisson helped Roma reach the Champions League semi-finals last season and is the second-most expensive goalkeeper in history.

Others are Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson, Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema and Paris St-Germain attacker Edinson Cavani.

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

Thirty players will be announced on the shortlist for the 2018 award.

The Ballon d'Or, which was first won by Englishman Stanley Matthews in 1956, is decided by a ballot of journalists from around the world.

Kylian Mbappe, who is favourite for the Kopa Trophy for the best player under the age of 21, also made the list.

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