Ballon d’Or List Of 30 Nominees Announced

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Find out detailed information on Ballon d’Or list of nominees this year.

The contenders for the Ballon d’Or, football’s highest individual international honour were released with 30 players making the men’s finalists and 15 women footballers making the final cut. This is the first time that the Ballon d’Or awards ceremony will see the trophy being awarded to women footballers as well.

Ballon d’Or list of nominees

Coming back to Ballon d’Or list of nominees, the Ballon d’Or has been awarded by France football since 1956 every year to the best footballer of the year. This year’s short-list is dominated by Real Madrid players. The champions league holders have 8 players in the 30 man list. World cup winners France have 7 players in the final list that was put together with votes from journalists around the world.

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While Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have dominated the awards, sharing the award between them the last 10 times, Luka Modric is considered as the wide favourite to walk away with the coveted trophy this year. The Golden Ball will be presented on December 3 in Paris in a prestigious ceremony along with the Kopa Trophy which is given in recognition to the best youth player.

Ballon d’Or list of nominees

The Ballon d’Or winner will be selected by players, managers and journalists that are chosen to vote for the award. Each voting member is allocated five, three and one points to three nominated players, and the player with the highest number of points wins.

The shortlist:

2018 Ballon d’Or nominees
Position Country Club
Sergio Aguero Forward Argentina Manchester City
Alisson Goalkeeper Brazil Liverpool
Gareth Bale Forward Wales Real Madrid
Karim Benzema Forward France Real Madrid
Kevin de Bruyne Midfielder Belgium Manchester City
Edinson Cavani Forward Uruguay Paris St-Germain
Thibaut Courtois Goalkeeper Belgium Real Madrid
Roberto Firmino Forward Brazil Liverpool
Diego Godin Defender Uruguay Atletico Madrid
Antoine Griezmann Forward France Atletico Madrid
Eden Hazard Forward Belgium Chelsea
Isco Midfielder Spain Real Madrid
Harry Kane Forward England Tottenham
N’Golo Kante Midfielder France Chelsea
Hugo Lloris Goalkeeper France Tottenham
Mario Mandzukic Forward Croatia Juventus
Sadio Mane Forward Senegal Liverpool
Marcelo Defender Brazil Real Madrid
Kylian Mbappé Forward France Paris St-Germain
Lionel Messi Forward Argentina Barcelona
Luka Modric Midfielder Croatia Real Madrid
Neymar Forward Brazil Paris St-Germain
Jan Oblak Goalkeeper Slovenia Atletico Madrid
Paul Pogba Midfielder France Manchester United
Cristiano Ronaldo Forward Portugal Juventus
Ivan Rakitic Midfielder Croatia Barcelona
Sergio Ramos Defender Spain Real Madrid
Mohamed Salah Midfielder Egypt Liverpool
Luis Suarez Forward Uruguay Barcelona
Raphael Varane Defender France Real Madrid


Nominees for the Women’s Ballon d’Or: Lucy Bronze (Lyon), Pernille Harder (Werder Brême), Ada Hegerberg (Lyon), Amandine Henry (Lyon), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns), Fran Kirby (Chelsea), Sam Kerr (Red Stars Chicago), Saki Kumagai (Lyon), Amel Majri (Lyon), Dzsenifer Marozsan (Lyon), Marta (Orlando Pride), Lieke Martens (Barcelona), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign), Wendie Renard (Lyon), Christine Sinclair (Portland Thorns).

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Nominees for the Trophée Kopa: Houssem Aouar (Lyon), Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Patrick Cutrone (Milan), Ritsu Doan (Groningue), Gianluigi Donnarumma (Milan), Amadou Haidara (Red Bull Salzbourg), Justin Kluivert (Roma), Kylian Mbappé (PSG), Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund), Rodrygo (Santos).

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