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

08 October, 2018, 21:24 | Author: Suzanne Horton
  • The 30-man shortlist for this year's Ballon d'Or award is being revealed today

Manchester City's Sergio Aguero, Madrid star Gareth Bale and Paris Saint-Germain forward Edinson Cavani are the three other players to have been revealed by France Football.

Benzema's inclusion comes as something of a surprise, the 30-year-old having scored just five LaLiga goals throughout last season as Madrid finished 17 points behind champions Barcelona.

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

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

Courtois, who won FIFA's The Best Goalkeeper of the year, has been nominated for his brilliant season for Chelsea and Belgium at the World Cup.


The five time Ballon d'Or victor then went on to join Juventus for £88 million.

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

Firmino is nominated despite Liverpool failing to win a trophy last term and Brazil reaching only the World Cup quarter-finals, while Godin gets the nod following Atletico Madrid's victories in the Europa League and UEFA Super Cup.

For the first time, a Ballon d'Or for women players will be awarded this year, with the nominees to be announced later Monday. Kylian Mbappe, the Paris Saint-Germain striker who burst onto the global scene with his performances as France won the World Cup, is the favourite.

The Ballon d'Or has been awarded by France Football every year since 1956, with former England global Sir Stanley Matthews the first victor.

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