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

The 30-man shortlist for this year's Ballon d'Or award is being revealed today

GETTY The 30-man shortlist for this year's Ballon d'Or award is being revealed today

The Croatian had a stellar year, leading his country to an unlikely World Cup final while also winning a third-consecutive Champions League title.

Other players vying for the 2018 Ballon d'Or include last year's victor Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, Harry Kane, Eden Hazard and Antoine Griezmann.

De Bruyne was nominated for helping City win the Premier League and Belgium reach the World Cup semi-finals.

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.

And Coral have made him 2-5 to scoop this prize too, which commences in Paris on the 3 December.

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Antoine Griezmann, a World Cup victor with France and Europa League champion at Atletico Madrid, is nominated alongside worldwide teammate and Chelsea midfielder N'Golo Kante.

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

France internationals Amandine Henry, Amel Majri and Wendie Renard are joined on the list by Germany's Dzsenifer Marozsan, England's Lucy Bronze, Ada Hegerberg of Norway and Japan defender Saki Kumagai.

The Ballon d'Or, a prestigious award that was first presented in 1956, is given to the best player of the year.

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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