Published: Wed, October 10, 2018
Sports | By Johanna Francis

Ballon D'Or 2018: Pogba reveals his three choices

Ballon D'Or 2018: Pogba reveals his three choices

But a combination of apparent voter fatigue, Croatia's fairytale run, and recent rape allegations against the Portuguese star have lessened his chances with the bookies, with Modric, who captured the rival FIFA Best Player award last month, now considered the odds-on favorite.

Harry Kane and Cristiano Ronaldo have been named on the shortlist for the 2018 Ballon d'Or.

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

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

And Coral have made him 2-5 to scoop this prize too, which commences in Paris on the 3 December.

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

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

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Tottenham's Kane, 25, helped England reach the semi-finals of the World Cup in Russian Federation, while 29-year-old Bale scored twice for Real Madrid in the Champions League win over Liverpool.

They were beaten 4-2 in the final by France, and there are six of the victorious Les Bleus team on the list in Pogba, Lloris, Kante, Antoine Griezmann, Kylian Mbappe - also nominated for the Kopa Trophy - and Real's Raphael Varane.

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

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

Other nominees are Pernille Harder, Lindsey Horan, Fran Kirby, Sam Kerr, Lieke Martens, Megan Rapinoe and Christine Sinclair. Kylian Mbappe, the Paris Saint-Germain striker who burst onto the global scene with his performances as France won the World Cup, is the favourite.

The Ballon d'Or, which was first won by Englishman Stanley Matthews in 1956, is decided by a ballot of journalists from around the world.

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