Bale, De Bruyne among first Ballon d'Or nominees

Bale, De Bruyne among first Ballon d'Or nominees

Cristiano Ronaldo headlines the latest batch of players to be announced as nominees for the 2018 Ballon d'Or by France football.

"Whether it's Grizou (Antoine Griezmann), Kylian (Mbappe) or Raph (Raphael Varane), they deserve it much more than me", Pogba told AFP.

There were seven Frenchmen named on the list after helping Les Bleus win their second World Cup in Russian Federation this summer.

Bale, who scored two goals in Real's triumph in the final of the Champions League against Liverpool, joins his club teammate Karim Benzema among the first wave of 30 nominees for the year's best player.

"I cannot designate one".

Real Madrid and Wales forward Gareth Bale and Manchester City's Belgium midfielder Kevin De Bruyne were among the first 15 nominees for the Ballon d'Or award announced on Monday.

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Lionel Messi, Neymar and World Cup victor Kylian Mbappe are among the final players named on the 30-man Ballon d'Or shortlist.

"One of the four also because there is Kante".

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"In this best team in the world, there must be the best player in the world, right?"

Mbappe, 19, made no secret in the past that he idolises five-time Ballon d'Or victor Ronaldo and his meteoric rise has as a teenage World Cup victor suggests he may enjoy a similar trophy-laden path.

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