Tuesday, 18 December, 2018

Aguero nominated for Ballon d'Or

Ballon d'Or LIVE updates- Bale and Aguero among first nominees Gareth Bale and Sergio Aguero revealed among first five players to make Ballon d'Or shortlist
Frederick Owens | 08 October, 2018, 21:26

The 30 candidates for the annual prize, presented by France Football magazine, were revealed on Monday - with the Reds quartet confirmed among the nominees.

Manchester City forward Sergio Aguero was the first nominee after winning the Premier League, Carabao Cup and Community Shield, scoring 26 goals in 33 games in 2018 for club and country.

Chelsea and Belgium star Hazard is included after impressing for club and country throughout the a year ago, while Griezmann, a Europa League and World Cup victor with Atletico Madrid and France respectively, is one of the favourites for the award.

The Ballon d'Or is separate from FIFA's own world player of the year awards, which was won by Real Madrid's Croatian midfielder Luka Modric.

Kante was also part of France's victorious side in Russian Federation, while Isco helped Real Madrid to win a third consecutive Champions League.

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Vettel came from too far back, and clumsily thudded into the side of Verstappen as sparks flew and the Ferrari auto spun around. Ferrari boss Maurizio Arrivabene said the podium had been within the team's grasp.


Federation Internationale de Football Association are releasing the full 30-man shortlist throughout Monday as Bale and Aguero were joined by Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson, Madrid striker Karim Benzema and Paris Saint-Germain forward Edinson Cavni in the first five.

Benzema scored 11 times in 32 LaLiga matches as he helped Real Madrid lift the Champions League during an impressive season.

NAIJ.com previously reported that Real Madrid were crowned champions of Europe for the 13th time as they defeated Liverpool in the Champions League final by 3-1.

Firmino is nominated despite Liverpool failing to win a trophy last term and Brazil reaching only the World Cup quarter-finals, while Godin gets the nod following Atletico Madrid's victories in the Europa League and UEFA Super Cup.

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