Published: Tue, October 09, 2018
Sport | By Floyd Cook

Ballon d'Or 2018: Ronaldo, Courtois nominated but De Gea misses out

Ballon d'Or 2018: Ronaldo, Courtois nominated but De Gea misses out

Names are released in alphabetical order with the likes of Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and FIFA "The Best" victor Luka Modric certain to make the shortlist.

French publication France Football has released the first nominees for the 2018 Ballon d'Or award, but Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are not yet nominated.

Ronaldo and Messi have won the award between them for the last 10 years.

Remember the criteria for the Ballon d'Or are: the players' performances during the calendar year, their talent and fair play, and their achievements throughout their career.

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.

He was followed by Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson, who made a then-world record transfer to the club after helping Roma to the Champions League semifinals.

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

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Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann, two key members of the France national team that sailed to their second-ever World Cup trophy are also likely to finish with high tallies, as are Eden Hazard and Kevin de Bruyne, members of Belgium's star-studded side that came third at Russian Federation 2018.

Also making the cut are Juve's Mario Mandzukic and Liverpool's Sadio Mane, while Barcelona are also represented by Croat defender Ivan Rakitic.

The award, launched in 1956, recognises the outstanding contribution during a season from one player, with the shortlist voted for by journalists across Europe.

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.

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

But, with France Football releasing five names at a time alphabetically, neither have had their nominations confirmed.

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