Aguero nominated for Ballon d'Or

Grant SmithOct 11, 2018

Although Manchester United keeper David de Gea seems to have not been chosen in the shortlist for the footballing award.

Paris Saint-German forward Edinson Cavani - who came 11th in last year's poll - completed the quintet. Historically, the Ballon d'Or is the best of the best.

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

Tottenham's Kane, 25, helped England reach the semi-finals of the World Cup in Russian Federation, while 29-year-old Bale scored twice for Real Madrid in the Champions League win over Liverpool.

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

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.

Despite Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Luka Modric, who won the Golden Ball in the World Cup, and was also voted as FIFA's best player last month, Griezmann remained adamant that a France global should be given Ballon d'Or.

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 best team in the world surely possesses the best player, right?"

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.

In another first, the best under-21 player will receive the Kopa Trophy.

The winners of the prestigious men's and women's awards will be announced at a ceremony in Paris on December 3 in Paris.

For six years it combined with world football's governing body to become the Fifa Ballon d'Or.

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