Ballon d'Or 2018: Ronaldo, Courtois nominated but De Gea misses out

Salah netted 44 goals in all competitions last season and claimed both the PFA Players' Player of the Year and the Football Writers' Player of the Year awards.

Ronaldo has been made second-favourite, with 5-2 odds while Messi has not been fancied much this year despite another brilliant season with Barcelona - with odds as long as 12-1.

Bale, who scored two goals in Real's triumph in the final of the Champions League against Liverpool including a spectacular overhead kick, is joined by club teammates Karim Benzema, Raphael Varane, Isco, Marcelo and Sergio Ramos.

This award runs alongside FIFA's The Best, which was won by Luka Modric in September.

Modric won the 2018 Federation Internationale de Football Association men's award last month, while the women's award went to Brazil forward Marta, another Women's Ballon d'Or award nominee.

The Tottenham striker captained England to their first World Cup semi-final in 28 years in Russian Federation this summer.

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.

Kane, the only English player to be named so far, is also up against Ronaldo's former Real Madrid team-mate Gareth Bale and Chelsea duo Eden Hazard and N'Golo Kante.

The ceremony to announce the victor will take place in Paris on 3 December, when a women's award will also be presented for the first time.

Roberto Firmino from Brazil, Liverpool and Diego Godin from Uruguay, Atletico Madrid.

The award merged with FIFA's World Player of the Year prize from 2010-15 to create the FIFA Ballon d'Or, but returned to France Football in 2016 while FIFA established The Best awards.

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.


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