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

The 30-man shortlist for this year's Ballon d'Or award is being revealed today

The Spain global, who was named in the FIFA FIFPro World 11 last month, has not been included in the latest group of five nominees for France Football's individual prize.

Four other Premier League players have been named - Manchester City's Sergio Aguero and Kevin De Bruyne and Alisson and Roberto Firmino of Liverpool.

The victor of the prestigious award organised by France Football magazine will be announced on December 3.

The Ballon d'Or is run by France Football, after confirmation this year Fifa had broken away from the award.

De Bruyne was nominated for helping City win the Premier League and Belgium reach the World Cup semi-finals.

Wales global Gareth Bale, scorer of a brace in Real's European final win over Liverpool, is among the 10 names already released.

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Real Madrid ace Gareth Bale and Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero are among the first five players to make the shortlist for the Ballon d'Or.

Four goalkeepers are also among the 30 - Thibaut Courtois of Belgium and Real Madrid, Liverpool and Brazil stopper Alisson Becker, Tottenham's France World Cup victor Hugo Lloris and Atletico's Jan Oblak.

The ceremony to announce the victor will take place in Paris on 3 December, when a women's award will be presented for the first time.

The pair have won every Ballon d'Or since 2007, when Brazil legend Kaka won it while featuring for Milan.

In another first, the best under-21 player will receive the Kopa Trophy.

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