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Modric, Ronaldo, others battle for Ballon d’Or

Modric, Ronaldo, others battle for Ballon d’Or

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

Five-time victor Cristiano Ronaldo, Luka Modric and Antoine Griezmann lead the shortlist for football's most prestigious individual prize, while Kylian Mbappe is the standout in the race for the new Kopa Trophy for young players.

He is joined by the holder and five-time victor Ronaldo, who is included after facing an allegation of rape by a woman he met in Las Vegas in 2009, which the Juventus striker denies.

Alisson helped Roma reach the Champions League semi-finals last season and is the second-most expensive goalkeeper in history.

Borussia Dortmund ace Jadon Sancho earns maiden England callup
The countdown clock to 2022 has since been taken down at St George's Park, but the focus and hunger remain under Southgate. Sancho epitomises that pursuit of progress. "He's been fearless enough to go overseas and play ", added Southgate.

Ronaldo played a key role in Real's Champions League triumph last season and scored a World Cup hat-trick for Portugal against Spain.

Karim Benzema, Edinson Cavani and Manchester City's Sergio Aguero make up the first five.

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

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

Gillum suspends campaign activity amid Florida tropical storm threat
Satellite wind data indicated the depression had strengthened Sunday morning with maximum winds of 40 miles per hour . The Hurricane Center predicts unsafe surf conditions will start to appear along the northern Gulf Coast on Tuesday.

The ceremony to announce the victor will take place in Paris on 3 December, when a women's award will be presented for the first time.

The 33-year-old won the FIFA The Best award earlier in the year, pipping Ronaldo and Salah to the trophy.

Kylian Mbappe is third-favourite after winning the World Cup with France at the age of 19, with 6-1 odds.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp
Meanwhile, with star man Mohamed Salah struggling somewhat for goals, it will be interesting to see whether or not Jurgen Klopp hands a start to the in-form Daniel Sturridge.


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