Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale and Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero are among the first five players to make the shortlist for the 2018 Ballon d’Or award.
France Football 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.
Names are released in alphabetical order with the likes of Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and FIFA ‘The Best’ winner Luka Modric certain to make the shortlist.
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.
The Ballon d’Or is considered the greatest personal accolade a player can achieve and this year’s awards ceremony will take place in Paris on December 3.