Published: Tue, October 09, 2018
Sports | By Juana Wells

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

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

Premier League duo Roberto Firmino and Eden Hazard are among the nominees for the 2018 Ballon d'Or.

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

Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale is among the early nominees for the Men's Ballon d'Or award as France Football release their list of 30 at staggered intervals throughout the day.

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

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

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.

Chelsea and Belgium star Hazard is included after impressing for club and country throughout the a year ago, while Griezmann, a Europa League and World Cup victor with Atletico Madrid and France respectively, is one of the favourites for the award.

Manchester City forward Sergio Aguero, Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson, Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema and Paris St-Germain attacker Edinson Cavani are also contenders.

For the first time, a Ballon d'Or for women players will be awarded this year, with Champions League winners Lyon accounting for seven of the 15 nominees.

PSG's Mbappe appears a dead certainty for the newly-introduced Kopa Trophy, which rewards the best players under 21, and is voted on by previous Ballon d'Or winners.

At Fifa's awards in September, Croatia and Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric was named the world's best male player, while Brazil and Orlando Pride forward Marta won the best female player award.

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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