Ronaldo among first nominees for Ballon d’Or award

Ronaldo among first nominees for Ballon d’Or award

Ronaldo among first nominees for Ballon d’Or award

The 33-year-old forward, who ended his nine-season stay at Real Madrid by moving to Juventus for £99million in the summer, is a five-time victor of the award.

Ronaldo's nomination comes after the 33 year old last week denied rape allegations levelled against him by a woman who sued him in court in the United States.

Ronaldo, now at Juventus, won the Champions League for the third season in a row with Madrid, while De Bruyne inspired Manchester City's Premier League and EFL Cup double before a strong World Cup showing.

Kane, the only English player to be named so far, is also up against Ronaldo's former Real Madrid team-mate Gareth Bale and Chelsea duo Eden Hazard and N'Golo Kante.

Lionel Messi, Neymar and World Cup victor Kylian Mbappe are among the final players named on the 30-man Ballon d'Or shortlist.

Federation Internationale de Football Association split from the Ballon d'Or in 2016 to launch its own set of awards.


Completing the final 15 nominees for France Football's prize are Real Madrid's Marcelo and Sergio Ramos, Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak and Barcelona forward Luis Suarez.

Five-time victor Cristiano Ronaldo, Luka Modric and Antoine Griezmann lead the shortlist for football's most prestigious individual prize, while Kylian Mbappe is the standout in the race for the new Kopa Trophy for young players. The victor of the prestigious Ballon d'Or organised by France Football magazine will be announced on December 3.

However, FIFA ended its association with the award in September 2016.

The Ballon d'Or, a prestigious award that was first presented in 1956, is given to the best player of the year.

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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