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Ballon d’Or nominees

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The first batch of potential winners was announced earlier in the day, with Real Madrid duo Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale nominated alongside Sergio Aguero, Gianluigi Buffon and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Kevin De Bruyne and Antoine Griezmann are amongst the latest big names to be announced as candidates for the Ballon d’Or award.

The Man City and Atleti stars are joined by Paulo Dybala, Gonzalo Higuain and Diego Godin as part of the second set of nominees to be named.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic ,Andrés Iniesta ,Koke ,Toni Kroos ,Robert Lewandowski are also there on the list of Ballon d’Or nominees.

Ballon d'Or nominees

Renato Sanches has won the Golden Boy award for Europe’s best young player, pipping England international Marcus Rashford for the prize.

The Portugal midfielder, still just 19, won a European Championship this year – the first in his nation’s history – to go with a Portuguese league title. He earned himself a big-money move to Bayern Munich in the summer and is going about establishing his place in Carlo Ancelotti’s side.