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Bale, De Bruyne among first Ballon d'Or nominees

AFP  |  Paris 

Real Madrid and forward and Manchester City's were among the first 15 nominees for the award announced on Monday.

Bale, who scored two goals in Real's triumph in the final of against Liverpool, joins his club teammate among the first wave of 30 nominees for the year's best

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

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

Having lost out in the best of the year award to Luka Modric, takes his place among the 30 nominees for the that were being unveiled in stages throughout Monday.

The Juventus forward, currently facing allegations of rape dating back to 2009 that he strenuously denies, has already won the five times and is the current holder of the award.

Antoine Griezmann, a winner with and champion at Atletico Madrid, is nominated alongside international teammate and N'Golo Kante.

Eden Hazard gives Chelsea another in the running after starring alongside De Bruyne at the World Cup, with England's Golden Boot winner also included.

Manchester City forward is nominated as is another prolific South American striker, of and Paris Saint-Germain.

Two goalkeepers are also among the first 15 -- of and Real Madrid and and stopper Alisson Becker.

Isco, Liverpool's Brazilian and Uruguay's rugged defender of Atletico Madrid also got the nod.

For the first time, a Ballon d'Or for women players will be awarded this year, with the nominees to be announced later Monday.

In another first, the best under-21 player will receive the Kopa Trophy. Kylian Mbappe, the Paris Saint-Germain striker who burst onto the global scene with his performances as won the World Cup, is the favourite.

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

First 15 nominees (of 30) for Ballon d'Or

Alisson Becker

Eden Hazard

N'Golo Kante.

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First Published: Mon, October 08 2018. 21:00 IST