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Ballon d'Or: Gareth Bale among first five nominees to be announced

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No City player has won the coveted prize and Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have dominated the award over the past decade, winning it five times each.

Messi and Neymar did not enjoy World Cups as memorable as Mbappe's, but they were instrumental in Barcelona and PSG's respective title wins.

The Spain global, who was named in the FIFA FIFPro World 11 last month, has not been included in the latest group of five nominees for France Football's individual prize.

Real Madrid and Wales forward Gareth Bale and Manchester City's Belgium midfielder Kevin De Bruyne also featured among a list of familiar names.

The Tottenham striker captained England to their first World Cup semi-final in 28 years in Russian Federation this summer.

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.

Luka Modric walked away with FIFA's version of the best player in the world award and there's a good possibility the Croatia midfielder could do the same again with the more illustrious version of the award.

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

Liverpool's Alisson Becker, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane have been shortlisted for the 2018 Ballon d'Or.

The ceremony to announce the victor will take place in Paris on 3 December, when a women's award will be presented for the first time.

Madrid's Croatia playmaker Modric is a 4/7 favourite to win the award having won the Federation Internationale de Football Association gong for the men's player of the year.

Sir Stanley Matthews won the first Ballon d'Or in 1956.