Sunday, 18 November, 2018

Ballon d'Or: Gareth Bale among first five nominees to be announced

Kane's fine form for club and country in 2018 has earned him a Ballon d'Or nomination Kane's fine form for club and country in 2018 has earned him a Ballon d'Or nomination Credit REUTERS
Andrew Wong | 08 October, 2018, 13:54

From a Premier League perspective no player has made the top three in a decade with Fernando Torres, then of Liverpool, finishing third and Ronaldo, then of Manchester United, winning the award.

Gareth Bale and Sergio Aguero were among the first five names to be named in alphabetical order.

Bale joins Harry Kane as the only British representation on the Ballon d'Or shortlist
Bale joins Harry Kane as the only British representation on the Ballon d'Or shortlist Credit GETTY IMAGES

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

Real Madrid forward Bale is joined by Los Blancos team-mate Karim Benzema while Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani was also among the first five names to be announced.

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We will keep you updated on the rest of the nominees as they are released which is expected to include an array of football icons such as Lionel Messi, Luka Modric, Kylian Mbappé and Neymar.

The Ballon d'Or is considered the greatest personal accolade a player can achieve and this year's awards ceremony will take place in Paris on December 3.

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The 43-year-old is a hugely experienced coach and is highly respected, but the Portuguese has not managed a football club before. He wrote in a post : " After 23 incredible years as a footballer, I have decided now is the right time to retire from playing ".

Ronaldo and Messi shared the prize between 2008 and 2017, each winning it five times, but it remains to be seen if either of the pair can beat Modric to this year's award.

The Juventus forward helped Real Madrid to a third successive Champions League title in May, scoring 44 goals in 44 games in all competitions in his final season at the club.

Britain expresses concern over Hong Kong speech rights
Victor Mallet, Asia news editor for the Financial Times , has had his application to renew his visa rejected, the newspaper said . The slogan was in response to comments by Leung, who once said discussion of independence "is an absolute and clear red line".

If the Croatian does not lift the Golden Ball, it would be the first time since 2004 that two different players win the Ballon d'Or and the Federation Internationale de Football Association accolade.

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