Gareth Bale, Edinson Cavani & Karim Benzema Included In Ballon d’Or Nominees (See Full List)
Gareth Bale is among the first five players to be shortlisted by France Football magazine for the 2018 Ballon d’Or.
The Real Madrid and Wales forward is joined on the list by his club-mate Karim Benzema, Liverpool and Brazil goalkeeper Alisson, Manchester City and Argentina striker Sergio Aguero and Paris Saint-Germain and Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani.
Twenty-five further nominees will be announced throughout Monday, with a 30-man shortlist eventually being drawn up ahead of the awards ceremony in Paris on December 3.
The Ballon d’Or is handed out by France Football, and is separate from FIFA’s own world player of the year awards, known as The Best, which was won by Real Madrid’s Croatian midfielder Luka Modric.