Roberto Firmino and Eden Hazard make Ballon d'Or shortlist

Gareth Bale

Do you think Modric will beat Ronaldo and Messi to the 2018 Ballon d'Or prize?

The award has been dominated by Messi and Ronaldo since 2008, each scoring five awards, but with Modric's stellar season seeing him sweep the recent prizes, he is threatening to break up the duopoly.

England only have one representative on the list in Harry Kane while Gareth Bale is also among the nominees.

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Then came Bale, who scored twice in the Champions League final - along with Real Madrid teammate and fellow scorer, Karim Benzema.

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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Eden Hazard gives Chelsea another player in the running after starring alongside De Bruyne at the World Cup, with England's Golden Boot victor Harry Kane also included.

Manchester City forward Sergio Aguero and PSG's Neymar are nominated as are two other prolific South American strikers: Uruguayans Edinson Cavani of PSG and Luis Suarez of Barcelona.

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

Federation Internationale de Football Association are releasing the full 30-man shortlist throughout Monday as Bale and Aguero were joined by Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson, Madrid striker Karim Benzema and Paris Saint-Germain forward Edinson Cavni in the first five. Kylian Mbappe, the Paris Saint-Germain striker who burst onto the global scene with his performances as France won the World Cup, is the favourite.

In total 30 nominees will be announced, with the ceremony scheduled for 3 December.

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