Cristiano Ronaldo in contention for third successive Ballon d'Or

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

Luka Modric and Kylian Mbappe are in the running to break Lionel Messi's and Cristiano Ronaldo's 10-year dominance of the Ballon d'Or.

Antoine Griezmann is one of the great favorites to take the prize due to his triumphs in the Europe League, the UEFA Super Cup title and, above all, the World Cup in Russian Federation, where he was one of the most outstanding players. The two Ballon d'Or Awards will be decided by an worldwide jury of journalists, with AS editor Alfredo Relaño again casting Spain's vote this year.

For the first time, a Ballon d'Or for women players will be awarded this year, with the nominees to be announced later Monday.

Antoine Griezmann, Kylian Mbappe, Raphael Varane and N'Golo Kante also played starring roles in France's World Cup triumph and the Manchester United midfielder has indicated that he'd be happy for any of them to be named the world's best player ahead of him.

The 25-year-old played a big role in France's World Cup-winning campaign in Russian Federation, scoring in Les Bleus' 4-2 win over Croatia in the final.

Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne has had a terrific season for the club.

Hazard once again hints at an urge to join Real Madrid
Although he opted not to open negotiations over a new deal last season, he will resume formal talks when Chelsea are ready. Ross Barkley hopes that Eden Hazard can resist the lure of Real Madrid and commit his long-term future to Chelsea .

Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker has been included in the list alongside Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero.

Roberto Firmino from Brazil, Liverpool and Diego Godin from Uruguay, Atletico Madrid.

The award will be given on December.

The 33-year-old won the FIFA The Best award earlier in the year, pipping Ronaldo and Salah to the trophy.

He also scooped the PFA Players' Player of the Year, FWA Footballer of the Year, African Footballer of the Year, BBC African Footballer of the Year, PFA Team of the Year, Liverpool's Fans Player of the Year, Liverpool's Players' Player of the Year AND the Premier League Player of the Season.

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