Ballon d'Or nominees: Who should win the prestigious prize?

Kane's fine form for club and country in 2018 has earned him a Ballon d'Or nomination

The first five Ballon d'Or nominees have been named and a number of Premier League players feature prominently on the list.

Federation Internationale de Football Association split from the Ballon d'Or in 2016 to launch its own set of awards.

Following Sergio Aguero being revealed as the first of 30 men on the shortlist for this year's Ballon d'Or, Kevin De Bruyne has also been revealed as a nominee for the prestigious award.

The victor of the prestigious award organised by France Football magazine will be announced on December 3.

Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo, who joined Juventus from Real Madrid in the summer, won last year's Ballon d'Or.

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

Bale joins Harry Kane as the only British representation on the Ballon d'Or shortlist
Bale joins Harry Kane as the only British representation on the Ballon d'Or shortlist Credit GETTY IMAGES

PSG's Mbappe appears a dead certainty for the newly-introduced Kopa Trophy, which rewards the best players under 21, and is voted on by previous Ballon d'Or winners.

Ronaldo played a key role in Real's Champions League triumph last season and scored a World Cup hat-trick for Portugal against Spain.

Thirty players will be announced on the shortlist for the 2018 award.

De Bruyne was nominated for helping his club win the Premier League and his country reach the World Cup semi-finals.

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

Liverpool's Brazilian forward Roberto Firmino and Uruguay's rugged defender Diego Godin of Atletico Madrid also got the nod. 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.

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