Real Madrid shine in list of nominees for Ballon d'Or

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

Ronaldo, 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.

They are joined by Mbappe's France team-mates Hugo Lloris, Paul Pogba and Raphael Varane, as well as Croatia star Luka Modric, who won the World Cup Golden Ball.

England only have one representative on the list in Harry Kane while Gareth Bale is also among the nominees.

Ronaldo looked a certainty for his third straight Ballon d'Or after leading Real Madrid to their unprecedented threepeat in the continent's prime club competition, where he was yet again the top scorer.

Then came Bale, who scored twice in the Champions League final - along with Real Madrid teammate and fellow scorer, Karim Benzema.

Antoine Griezmann, a World Cup victor with France and Europa League champion at Atletico Madrid, is nominated alongside worldwide teammate and Chelsea midfielder N'Golo Kante.

Barcelona, on the other hand, have just three candidates, Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Ivan Rakitic.

Real Madrid midfielder Isco, Liverpool's Brazilian Roberto Firmino and Uruguay's rugged defender Diego Godin of Atletico Madrid also got the nod.

Manchester City forward Sergio Aguero is nominated as is another prolific South American striker, Edinson Cavani of Uruguay and Paris Saint-Germain.

Modric's worldwide team-mates Mario Mandzukic and Ivan Rakitic are also on the shortlist, as are Liverpool duo Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane.

The Ballon d'Or has been awarded by France Football every year since 1956, with former England worldwide Sir Stanley Matthews the first victor.

The winners will be announced at a ceremony in Paris on Monday December 3, with television coverage from 20:45 CET.

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