Wednesday, June 26, 2019 Last Updated 10 Min 25 Sec ago Malayalam Edition
Todays E paper
Ads by Google
Tuesday 09 Oct 2018 02.24 PM

Bale, De Bruyne among first Ballon d'Or nominees

Ballon d'or

Real Madrid and Wales forward Gareth Bale and Manchester City's Belgium midfielder Kevin De Bruyne were among the first 15 nominees for the Ballon d'Or award announced on Monday. Bale, who scored two goals in Real's triumph in the final of the Champions League against Liverpool, joins his club teammate Karim Benzema among the first wave of 30 nominees for the year's best player. De Bruyne was nominated for helping his club win the Premier League and his country reach the World Cup semi-finals.

The winner of the prestigious award organised by France Football magazine will be announced on December 3. Having lost out in the FIFA best player of the year award to Luka Modric, Cristiano Ronaldo takes his place among the 30 nominees for the Ballon d'Or that were being unveiled in stages throughout Monday.The Juventus forward, currently facing allegations of rape dating back to 2009 that he strenuously denies, has already won the Ballon d'Or five times and is the current holder of the award.

Antoine Griezmann, a World Cup winner with France and Europa League champion at Atletico Madrid, is nominated alongside international teammate and Chelsea midfielder N'Golo Kante. Eden Hazard gives Chelsea another player in the running after starring alongside De Bruyne at the World Cup, with England's Golden Boot winner Harry Kane also included. Manchester City forward Sergio Aguero is nominated as is another prolific South American striker, Edinson Cavani of Uruguay and Paris Saint-Germain. PTI

Ads by Google
Tuesday 09 Oct 2018 02.24 PM
YOU MAY BE INTERESTED
Ads by Google
Ads by Google