Messi, Neymar & Modric among the 5th set of nominees for Ballon d’Or



France Football have revealed the first 25 of the 30 nominees for the Ballon d’Or award and the rest will follow five at a time throughout the day.

Names are released in alphabetical order with the likes of Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and FIFA ‘The Best’ winner Luka Modric certain to make the shortlist.

The award has been dominated by Messi and Ronaldo since 2008, each scoring five awards, but with Modric’s stellar season seeing him sweep the recent prizes, he is threatening to break up the duopoly.

The Ballon d’Or is considered the greatest personal accolade a player can achieve and this year’s awards ceremony will take place in Paris on December 3.

The last winner in 2017 was Cristiano Ronaldo.

Nominees (25/30)

Fifth set

Lionel Messi, Luka Modric, Neymar, Jan Oblak, Paul Pogba

Fourth set

Hugo Lloris (FRA / Tottenham), Mario Mandzukic (CRO / Juventus Turin), Sadio Mané (SEN / Liverpool), Marcelo (BRE / Real Madrid), Kylian Mbappé (FRA / PSG)

Third set

Antoine Griezmann (Atlético Madrid/ Spain), Eden Hazard (Chelsea/ Belgium), Isco (Real Madrid/Spain), Harry Kane (Tottenham/ England), N’Golo Kanté (Chelsea/ France).

Second set

Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea/Belgium), Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus/Portugal), Kevin de Bruyne (Man City/Belgium), Roberto Firmino (Liverpool/Brazil), Diego Godin (Atletico Madrid/Uruguay).

First set

Sergio Aguero (Man City/Argentina), Alisson Becker (Liverpool/Brazil), Gareth Bale (Real Madrid/Wales), Karim Benzema (Real Madrid/France), Edinson Cavani (PSG/Uruguay).