Ballon d’Or: Who has been nominated for the France Football title, what are the other awards and when will the winners be announced?
CRISTIANO RONALDO will be looking to make it three consecutive years of Ballon d’Or wins, after being nominated for the 2018 award.
The Juventus attacker will face stiff competition as France Football announce the 30 nominees, ahead of the eventual unveiling at the end of the year.
Last year’s triumph made it five Ballon d’Ors for Cristiano Ronaldo, equalling Lionel Messi’s haulAFP
Who has been nominated for the Ballon d’Or?
The nominees are:
Sergio Aguero (Argentina/ Manchester City)
Alisson (Brazil/ Liverpool)
Gareth Bale (Wales/Real Madrid)
Karim Benzema (France/Real Madrid)
Edinson Cavani (Uruguay/ Paris Saint-Germain)
Thibaut Courtois (Belgium/Real Madrid)
Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal/Juventus)
Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium/Manchester City)
Roberto Firmino (Brazil/Liverpool)
Diego Godin (Uruguay/Atletico Madrid)
Antoine Griezmann (France/Atletico Madrid)
Eden Hazard (Belgium/Chelsea)
Isco (Spain/Real Madrid)
Harry Kane (England/Tottenham)
N’Golo Kante (France/Chelsea)
Hugo Lloris (France/Tottenham)
Mario Mandzukic (Croatia/Juventus)
Sadio Mane (Senegal/Liverpool)
Marcelo (Brazil/Real Madrid)
Kylian Mbappe (France/Paris Saint-Germain)
Lionel Messi (Argentina/Barcelona)
Luka Modric (Croatia/Real Madrid)
Neymar (Brazil/Paris Saint-Germain)
Jan Oblak (Slovenia/Atletico Madrid)
Paul Pogba (France/Manchester United)
Ivan Rakitic (Croatia/Barcelona)
Mohamed Salah (Egypt/Liverpool)
Sergio Ramos (Spain/Real Madrid)
Luis Suarez (Uruguay/Barcelona)
Raphael Varane (France/Real Madrid)
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What other awards are on offer?
For the first time ever, the Ballon d’Or awards are expanding to have a Women’s version.
They will also have the inaugural Kopa Trophy, dedicated to the best player under 21-years-old.
The youth trophy is named after former France, Angers, Reims and Real Madrid legend Raymond Kopa, winning the Ballon d’Or in 1958.
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When will the winners be announced?
The awards ceremony will be on Monday, December 3.
It is expected to be held in Paris.
The victor is decided by football journalists from 176 countries, one voter each.