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Alisson, Firmino and Mane nominated for 2018 Ballon d'Or

Gareth Bale is one of the first nominees for the 2018 Ballon d'or Gareth Bale is one of the first nominees for the 2018 Ballon d'or
Cary Erickson | 10 October, 2018, 10:55

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.

Similarly to Griezmann, Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba thinks one of Didier Deschamps' squad should claim the Ballon d'Or - but distanced himself from contention.

The 25-year-old was part of France's World Cup winning team, scoring a goal in the final against Croatia.

Griezmann himself has called for the Ballon d'Or to be bestowed on one of France's World Cup winners, despite Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi's dominance of the award over the last decade .

Wales forward Gareth Bale and England striker Harry Kane are among the nominees for the 2018 Ballon d'Or, BBC Sport reports.

During the turn of the decade FIFA and Ballon d'Or merged together and was presented as one prestigious award but that association came to an end in 2016.

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Others are: Edinson Cavani from Uruguay, Paris St Germain; Thibaut Courtois from Belgium, Real Madrid; Cristiano Ronaldo from Portugal, Juventus; Kevin De Bruyne from Belgium, Manchester City.

Bale, who scored two goals in Real's triumph in the final of the Champions League against Liverpool, joins his club teammate Karim Benzema among the first wave of 30 nominees for the year's best player.

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 Ballon d'Or is split into three separate criteria: performances during the calendar year, talent and fair play, and career achievements.