The Argentinian Sergio Aguero (Manchester City), the Brazilians Alisson Becker Y Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) and the Uruguayans Diego Godín (Athletic) and Edinson Cavani (Paris SG) are among the first fifteen players awakened for the Golden Ball, said Monday on social networks France Football, organizer of the trophy.
The list of 30 names will be completed this Monday at 17h30 GMT. The Golden Ball, individual trophy that is given after the vote of journalists from around the world, will be known on December 3.
The Spanish Isco (Real Madrid), the French N'Golo Kanté (Chelsea), Antoine Griezmann (Athletic) and Karim Benzema (Real Madrid), the Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus), Welsh Gareth Bale (Real Madrid), English Harry Kane (Tottenham), and the Belgians Eden Hazard (Chelsea), Thibaut Courtois (Real Madrid) and Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) are the other candidates revealed, in alphabetical order, so far.
Let's continue with 5 new nominees for the 2018 Ballon d'Or France Football!
– #ballondor (@francefootball) October 8, 2018
Ronaldo, in the center of the storm by accusations of rape in the United States, is the defender of the trophy. He has won it five times, a record he shares with his great rival Lionel Messi. Together they have dominated it in the last decade.
France Football has introduced two novelties this year, a female Golden Ball and the Kopa Trophy, to the best player under 21 years old. They will also be known on December 3.
The best player will be chosen by the vote of the journalists, as in the men's category, but the Kopa Trophy will be decided by the 33 live Gold Balls, "including Denis Law, Franz Beckenbauer, Michel Platini, Jean-Pierre Papin, Marco Van Basten , Zinédine Zidane, Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo, "France Football said in a statement. Kylian Mbappé, 19 years old and scorer in the World Cup final that France won, seems the big favorite.