Published: Mon, October 08, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Ballon d'Or 2018: Alisson and Benzema among first five nominees

Ballon d'Or 2018: Alisson and Benzema among first five nominees

French publication France Football has released the first nominees for the 2018 Ballon d'Or award, but Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are not yet nominated.

The Argentina star was integral in City's Premier League title win last season, scoring 30 goals in 39 appearances in all competitions.

Cavani spearheaded PSG's charge to another domestic quadruple, while Alisson helped Roma reach the Champions League semi-finals before completing a £66.8million move to Liverpool.

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.

Having lost out in the Federation Internationale de Football Association best player of the year award to Luka Modric, Cristiano Ronaldo takes his place among the 30 nominees for the Ballon d'Or that were being unveiled in stages throughout Monday.

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Antoine Griezmann, a World Cup victor with France and Europa League champion at Atletico Madrid, is nominated alongside global teammate and Chelsea midfielder N'Golo Kante.

Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker has been included in the list alongside Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero.

SkyBet have installed him as the 4/7 favourite to be named 2018 Ballon d'Or victor.

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

For the first time, a Ballon d'Or for women players will be awarded this year, with the nominees to be announced later Monday. The two Ballon d'Or Awards will be decided by an global jury of journalists, with AS editor Alfredo Relaño again casting Spain's vote this year.

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