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Ballon d'Or: Gareth Bale among first five nominees to be announced

Neymar and Mbappe were in irresistible Neymar and Mbappe were in irresistible form as Paris Saint Germain destroyed Olympique Lyon on Sunday
Noah Ferguson | 10 October, 2018, 08:40

The teenager is also on the 10-player shortlist for the inaugural Kopa Trophy, a new prize for the best player under 21, which is judged by stars including Cristiano Ronaldo and Messi.

Ronaldo is the defending champion, having won his fifth Ballon d'Or in 2017.

Federation Internationale de Football Association best player of the year Luka Modric remains on track for a second major award after he was named Monday among 30 nominees for the Ballon d'Or alongside the likes of ex-Real Madrid teammate Cristiano Ronaldo, Barcelona's Lionel Messi and Liverpool's Mohamed Salah.

Messi and Neymar did not enjoy World Cups as memorable as Mbappe's, but they were instrumental in Barcelona and PSG's respective title wins.

For six years it combined with world football's governing body to become the Fifa Ballon d'Or.

Sure Pogba wasn't actually picked for his form for Manchester United but for his part in France winning the World Cup but you can still imagine his appearance on the 30 man list would have sent Souness into a rage.

At Fifa's awards in September, Croatia and Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric was named the world's best male player, while Brazil and Orlando Pride forward Marta won the best female player award.

For the first time, a Ballon d'Or for women players will be awarded this year, with Champions League winners Lyon accounting for seven of the 15 nominees.

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

Teenage sensation Mbappe scored four goals in Paris Saint-Germain's 5-0 win over Olympique Lyon, taking his Ligue 1 tally for the campaign to eight strikes.

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