Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo nominated for Ballon d’Or as first five names of 30-man shortlist is released

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France Football today released the first ten names of its 30man nominees for the 2016 Ballon D’or award. Real Madrid/Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo and Wales/Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale are among the ten nominees first released.

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France Football magazine, who presided over the award from 1956 to 2009 is releasing the list of nominees in bunches of fives. The other eight names in the list includes;

Gianluigi Buffon(Juventus/Italy), Sergio Aguero (Manchester City and Argentina) ,Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Borussia Dortmund and Gabon), Gonzalo Higuain (Argentina/Juventus), Paulo Dybala (Juventus/ Argentina), Kevin De Bruyne (Man city/ Belgium), Antoinne Griezmann (Atletico Madrid/ France) and Diego Godin (Atletico Madrid/ Uruguay)

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Ronaldo is the overwhelming favorite to win this year’s award after winning the 2016 champions league and Euro 2016 with Real Madrid and Portugal respectively.

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