Alisson, Firmino and Mane nominated for 2018 Ballon d'Or

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

Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale is among the early nominees for the Men's Ballon d'Or award as France Football release their list of 30 at staggered intervals throughout the day.

The 25-year-old was part of France's World Cup winning team, scoring a goal in the final against Croatia.

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.

Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann, two key members of the France national team that sailed to their second-ever World Cup trophy are also likely to finish with high tallies, as are Eden Hazard and Kevin de Bruyne, members of Belgium's star-studded side that came third at Russian Federation 2018.

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Manchester City's Sergio Aguero and Kevin de Bruyne are contenders while Liverpool's formidable top three Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino were all included.

The Ballon d'Or is run by France Football, after confirmation this year Fifa had broken away from the award.

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.

The Ballon d'Or has been awarded by France Football every year since 1956, with former England worldwide Sir Stanley Matthews the first victor.

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