Ballon d'Or: Gareth Bale among first five nominees to be announced

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

The last player other than Ronaldo or Lionel Messi to win the award was Kaka in 2007, but in 2018, Real Madrid midfielder Modric, who took his team to the World Cup final in Moscow, as well as winning the Champions League, is set to break the duopoly.

Specialist magazine France Football, which has awarded the prize since 1956, announced the 30 nominees for the calendar year trophy, among whom a victor will be chosen by a group of respected football journalists from around the world. There is, however, a strong feeling that a new name will break the duopoly this year.

Click through the gallery above to see some other superstars who did not make the latest Ballon d'Or shortlist, and let us know, in the comments section below, who you think deserved a spot!

Ronaldo and Messi have won the award between them for the last 10 years.

European champions Real Madrid dominate the nominees with eight players, including Croatia midfielder Luka Modric and Wales forward Gareth Bale.

Salah's nomination was no surprise after his incredible debut season with Liverpool last term, as he scored 44 goals in all competitions, 32 of which were scored in the Premier League, making him the leagues top scorer.

Federation Internationale de Football Association split from the Ballon d'Or in 2016 to launch its own set of awards.

The award will be given on December.

Roberto Firmino from Brazil, Liverpool and Diego Godin from Uruguay, Atletico Madrid.

Four goalkeepers are also among the 30 - Thibaut Courtois of Belgium and Real Madrid, Liverpool and Brazil stopper Alisson Becker, Tottenham Hotspur's France World Cup victor Hugo Lloris and Atletico's Jan Oblak.

The Ballon d'Or, which was first won by Englishman Stanley Matthews in 1956, is decided by a ballot of journalists from around the world.

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

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