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

Luka Modric who along with Kylian Mbappe is in the running for the Ballon d’Or award. — File

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 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.

Griezmann, like Mbappe, is a candidate to win the Ballon d'Or and believes he is just as good as Ronaldo and Lionel Messi - much to the annoyance of Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos.

Despite winning the Champions League with Real Madrid, Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo now sits in third place with just 5%.

Alisson joined the club from AS Roma during the summer after helping the Serie A side reach the Champions League semi-finals last season and having represented Brazil at the World Cup.

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But when we are focused and in tune with each other, understanding what we're trying to do to be successful, obviously we're tough.

Other top players nominated for the award are, Neymar, Gareth Bale, Eden Hazard, Luka Modric and Harry Kane.

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

But a combination of apparent voter fatigue, Croatia's fairytale run, and recent rape allegations against the Portuguese star have lessened his chances with the bookies, with Modric, who captured the rival FIFA Best Player award last month, now considered the odds-on favorite.

Manchester City forward Sergio Aguero, Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson, Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema and Paris St-Germain attacker Edinson Cavani are also contenders.

In another first, the best under-21 player will receive the Kopa Trophy.

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