Aguero nominated for Ballon d'Or

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

Manchester United star Paul Pogba has ruled himself out from the contention to win the 2018 Ballon d'Or award, but the midfielder wants one of his teammates at the national team to win it. The victor of the prestigious Ballon d'Or organised by France Football magazine will be announced on December 3.

The former won a domestic double with Barcelona while the latter picked up a Champions League winners medal for the third successive year with Los Blancos, before jumping ship to Juventus in the summer.

Wales global Gareth Bale, scorer of a brace in Real's European final win over Liverpool, is among the 10 names already released.

The 25-year-old was part of France's World Cup winning team, scoring a goal in the final against Croatia.

The likes of Luis Suarez, Sergio Ramos, N'Golo Kante and Eden Hazard have yet to get off the mark in terms of percentage of votes cast, while the FIFA "Best" award victor Luka Modric has also struggled for fan votes.

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

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Modric's global team-mates Mario Mandzukic and Ivan Rakitic are also on the shortlist, as are Liverpool duo Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane.

The names are released in groups of five throughout the day, with the full 30-player shortlist eventually being drawn up ahead of the awards ceremony in Paris on 3 December.

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.

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

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

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