Roberto Firmino and Eden Hazard make Ballon d'Or shortlist

Roberto Firmino and Eden Hazard make Ballon d'Or shortlist

Roberto Firmino and Eden Hazard make Ballon d'Or shortlist

No City player has won the coveted prize and Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have dominated the award over the past decade, winning it five times each.

Real Madrid superstar Gareth Bale has been shortlisted among top stars for this year's Ballon d'Or award.

Ronaldo's nomination comes after the 33 year old last week denied rape allegations levelled against him by a woman who sued him in court in the United States.

Cristiano Ronaldo headlines the latest batch of players to be announced as nominees for the 2018 Ballon d'Or by France football.

The last English victor was Michael Owen in 2001, but Ronaldo and Messi have established a stunning stranglehold, winning five each.

Bale is now the main man at Real following Ronaldo's summer switch to Juventus and he will hope he has done enough for his first Ballon d'Or.

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

Antoine Griezmann, a World Cup victor with France and Europa League champion at Atletico Madrid, is nominated alongside worldwide teammates, Chelsea midfielder N'Golo Kante, Manchester United's Paul Pogba and PSG's Kylian Mbappe.

Others are Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson, Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema and Paris St-Germain attacker Edinson Cavani.

The victor will be announced in Paris on 3 December with a women's victor awarded for the first time.

This award runs alongside FIFA's The Best, which was won by Luka Modric in September.

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.

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