Friday, 19 October, 2018

Modric v Ronaldo rematch as Ballon d'Or nominees unveiled

Gareth Bale is one of the first nominees for the 2018 Ballon d'or Gareth Bale is one of the first nominees for the 2018 Ballon d'or
Domingo Copeland | 09 October, 2018, 07:58

"The betting suggests Messi and Ronaldo's grip on the Ballon d'Or could be coming to an end this year as Luka Modric is odds-on to win the prize following his performances at the World Cup with Croatia and domestically for Real Madrid", said Coral's John Hill.

Ronaldo's nomination comes after the 33 year old last week denied rape allegations levelled against him by a woman who sued him in court in the United States.

And Gareth Bale is in there, as well as new Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson.

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Alisson joined the club from AS Roma during the summer after helping the Serie A side reach the Champions League semi-finals last season and having represented Brazil at the World Cup.

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.

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Barcelona, on the other hand, have just three candidates, Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Ivan Rakitic.

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

Federation Internationale de Football Association are releasing the full 30-man shortlist throughout Monday as Bale and Aguero were joined by Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson, Madrid striker Karim Benzema and Paris Saint-Germain forward Edinson Cavni in the first five.

Kylian Mbappe, who hit four goals in 13 minutes on Sunday in the rout over Lyon, remains in the hunt for the award after ending his season with a World Cup winners' medal with France.

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

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