First 10 Ballon d’Or Nominees Revealed (See List)
Wales captain, Gareth Bale and Portugal superstar, Cristiano Ronaldo have been named among the first nominees for this year’s Ballon d’Or. The two players are Real Madrid teammates.
The overall list of names put forward for the prize is being announced in five-man groups in alphabetical order throughout Monday.
The Ballon d’Or and the FIFA World Player of the Year awards merged in 2010 to become the FIFA Ballon d’Or, but that partnership came to an end this year, allowing both prizes to return to their original formats.
Manchester City and Belgium midfielder Kevin De Bruyne and Athletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann are among the latest big names in the second set to be announced as candidates for the Ballon d’Or award on Monday.
The second batch of potential winners will join Ronaldo, Bale, Aguero, Buffon and Aubameyang, who were earlier named.