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Ballon d'Or 2018: Bale, Benzema and Ag├╝ero among first five

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

The first five names for the Ballon d'Or have been released on Monday morning.

Real Madrid's Luke Modric is in the running to be named the Ballon d'Or victor for 2018 after winning the FIFA Best award.

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

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.

Then came Bale, who scored twice in the Champions League final - along with Real Madrid teammate and fellow scorer, Karim Benzema.

Antoine Griezmann, a World Cup victor with France and Europa League champion at Atletico Madrid, is nominated alongside worldwide teammates, Chelsea midfielder N'Golo Kante, Manchester United's Paul Pogba and PSG's Kylian Mbappe.

Tottenham and England star Harry Kane makes the list after his Golden Boot award in the World Cup, while World Cup victor N'Golo Kante and his Chelsea team-mate Eden Hazard also snagged nominations.

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Liverpool's Brazilian forward Roberto Firmino and Uruguay's rugged defender Diego Godin of Atletico Madrid also got the nod.

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

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

The 33-year-old won the FIFA The Best award earlier in the year, pipping Ronaldo and Salah to the trophy.

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

Other nominees are Pernille Harder, Lindsey Horan, Fran Kirby, Sam Kerr, Lieke Martens, Megan Rapinoe and Christine Sinclair.

The pair have won every Ballon d'Or since 2007, when Brazil legend Kaka won it while featuring for Milan.

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