Ballon d'Or award nominees: Gareth Bale Sergio Aguero Alisson on list

Ballon d'Or LIVE updates- Bale and Aguero among first nominees

The victor of this year's Ballon d'Or will be announced in Paris on December 3 by France Football.

Modric, a World Cup runner-up with Croatia, beat Juventus' Ronaldo and Salah to win the Federation Internationale de Football Association prize last month after Messi was surprisingly left off the final three-man list.

Liverpool's Alisson Becker, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah have been shortlisted for the 2018 Ballon d'Or.

During the turn of the decade FIFA and Ballon d'Or merged together and was presented as one prestigious award but that association came to an end in 2016.

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

Having finished third in 2016, Griezmann, who won the Europa League last term with Atletico as well as lifting the World Cup with France over the summer.

Kane, the only English player to be named so far, is also up against Ronaldo's former Real Madrid team-mate Gareth Bale and Chelsea duo Eden Hazard and N'Golo Kante.

Four goalkeepers are also among the 30 - Thibaut Courtois of Belgium and Real Madrid, Liverpool and Brazil stopper Alisson Becker, Tottenham's France World Cup victor Hugo Lloris and Atletico's Jan Oblak.

Atletico Madrid's Antoine Griezmann believes France teammate Kylian Mbappe is playing like Cristiano Ronaldo when he was with Manchester United.

Back in May, Salah looked on course to be in contention for 2018's Ballon d'Or.

PSG's Mbappe appears a dead certainty for the newly-introduced Kopa Trophy, which rewards the best players under 21, and is voted on by previous Ballon d'Or winners.

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

Madrid have another strong contender for the award in Luka Modric , who has already won the Golden Ball for his exploits at the World Cup with Croatia and last month was crowned the best player of the a year ago by Federation Internationale de Football Association.

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