Published: Wed, October 10, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Real Madrid shine in list of nominees for Ballon d'Or

Real Madrid shine in list of nominees for Ballon d'Or

The 26-year-old was previously nominated among the final three for the "UEFA Men's Player of the Year Award" and "The Best FIFA Men's Player", but lost both trophies to Modric.

Specialist magazine France Football, which has awarded the prize since 1956, announced the 30 nominees for the calendar year trophy, among whom a victor will be chosen by a group of respected football journalists from around the world.

In total 30 nominees will be announced, with the ceremony scheduled for 3 December.

The first five nominees revealed were Sergio Aguero, Alisson, Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema and Edinson Cavani.

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

Apple doubles down on Chinese hardware hack denial in letter to Congress
( AAPL ) and Amazon .com Inc.'s ( AMZN ) denials that their servers were compromised by Chinese spy chips. In a Monday letter to Congress , Apple wrote that the claims in the Bloomberg story were "simply wrong".

Having lost out in the Federation Internationale de Football Association best player of the year award to Luka Modric, Cristiano Ronaldo takes his place among the 30 nominees for the Ballon d'Or that were being unveiled in stages throughout Monday.

Pogba is one of six members of Les Bleus' squad nominated for France Football Magazine's prestigious award - with team-mates Antoine Griezmann, Kylian Mbappe, Raphael Varane, N'Golo Kante and Hugo Lloris joining the midfield star.

Bale's club-mate Luka Modric, who is yet to be named as a candidate, is among the early favourites after Real's European success against the Reds and leading Croatia to the World Cup final.

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.

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

Like this: