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Ballon d'Or LIVE updates- Bale and Aguero among first nominees

Ballon d'Or LIVE updates- Bale and Aguero among first nominees

Other players vying for the 2018 Ballon d'Or include last year's victor Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, Harry Kane, Eden Hazard and Antoine Griezmann.

The Juventus forward, now facing allegations of rape dating back to 2009 that he strenuously denies, has already won the Ballon d'Or five times and is the current holder of the award.

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

Eden Hazard gives Chelsea another player in the running after starring alongside De Bruyne at the World Cup, with England's Golden Boot victor Harry Kane also included.

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

Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo was among the first 10 nominees for the men's Ballon d'Or trophy announced on Monday, awarded by France Football magazine to the best player in the world.

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And Coral have made him 2-5 to scoop this prize too, which commences in Paris on the 3 December.

For the first time ever, France Football is giving out a women's Ballon d'Or, with Germany's Dzsenifer Marozsan and Brazilian Marta among the top names in the running.

Two goalkeepers are also among the first 15 - Thibaut Courtois of Belgium and Real Madrid and Liverpool and Brazil stopper Alisson Becker.

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

A panel of journalists select the Ballon d'Or victor which was first established in 1956 and will this year feature a women's award for the first time.

Kylian Mbappe is third-favourite after winning the World Cup with France at the age of 19, with 6-1 odds.

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