Ballon d'Or award nominees: Gareth Bale Sergio Aguero Alisson on list

Gareth Bale is one of the first nominees for the 2018 Ballon d'or

The 33-year-old won the FIFA The Best award earlier in the year, pipping Ronaldo and Salah to the trophy. "However, I believe that a Frenchman must win the Ballon d'Or".

Antoine Griezmann is one of the great favorites to take the prize due to his triumphs in the Europe League, the UEFA Super Cup title and, above all, the World Cup in Russian Federation, where he was one of the most outstanding players.

Federation Internationale de Football Association split from the Ballon d'Or in 2016 to launch its own set of awards. As well as the names listed by Pogba, Luka Modric is also expected to be one of the main contenders.

Manchester City forward Sergio Aguero was the first nominee after winning the Premier League, Carabao Cup and Community Shield, scoring 26 goals in 33 games in 2018 for club and country.

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

Griezmann won the World Cup with France, finishing as the man of the match in the final and he also finished as the Europa League's best player with a brace in the final.

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Mo Salah, N'Golo Kante, Harry Kane, Paul Pogba, Eden Hazard, Roberto Firmino, Kevin de Bruyne, Alisson, Sadio Mane, Sergio Aguero and Hugo Lloris are the nominees among those announced now plying their trade in the Premier League.

PSG trio Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani are the only Ligue 1 players.

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

The trophy victor will be announced on the 3rd of December.

France internationals Amandine Henry, Amel Majri and Wendie Renard are joined on the list by Germany's Dzsenifer Marozsan, England's Lucy Bronze, Ada Hegerberg of Norway and Japan defender Saki Kumagai.

"The best team in the world surely possesses the best player, right?"

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