Real Madrid shine in list of nominees for Ballon d'Or

The 30-man shortlist for this year's Ballon d'Or award is being revealed today

The 30-man shortlist for this year's Ballon d'Or award is being revealed today

Defender Fabio Cannavaro was victorious in 2006, while Ronaldinho, Andriy Shevchenko and Pavel Nedved were successful in 2005, 2004 and 2003 respectively.

Ronaldo's nomination comes after the 33 year old last week denied rape allegations levelled against him by a woman who sued him in court in the United States. Messi has also won the award on five occasions.

Ronaldo, now at Juventus, won the Champions League for the third season in a row with Madrid, while De Bruyne inspired Manchester City's Premier League and EFL Cup double before a strong World Cup showing.

The victor of the prestigious award organised by France Football magazine will be announced on December 3.

Premier League stats: Manchester City could improve on last season, says Gracenote
Heading into the worldwide break, City, Liverpool and Chelsea are all on 20 points, with Arsenal and Tottenham two adrift. You see teams like Arsenal, with a new manager, putting great results together.

Messi and Neymar did not enjoy World Cups as memorable as Mbappe's, but they were instrumental in Barcelona and PSG's respective title wins.

Hazard was voted second best player at the World Cup behind Croatia captain Luka Modric while Tottenham striker Kane claimed the Golden Boot at the finals this summer with six goals.

Manchester City forward Sergio Aguero is nominated as is another prolific South American striker, Edinson Cavani of Uruguay and Paris Saint-Germain.

Manchester City's Sergio Aguero and Kevin de Bruyne are contenders while Liverpool's formidable top three Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino were all included.

Pompeo discusses denuclearization, Trump-Kim summit in Pyongyang
In an interview with the Washington Post , she said the North could agree to dismantle Yongbyon, its signature nuclear site. On Wednesday, he said there was unanimous support for this at last week's U.N.

The honour, now separate from FIFA's own Best player of the year award, is bestowed annually by France Football magazine.

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

Brazil's Marta, crowned best women's player for a record sixth time at last month's Federation Internationale de Football Association awards, is also in contention after her role in winning the Copa America.

The victor will be announced on December 3.

Laquan McDonald: Verdict reached in Chicago police shooting
Officials in Chicago had braced for potential unrest after the verdict, especially if jurors found Van Dyke not guilty. It's the first time in half a century that a Chicago police officer has been convicted of murder for an on-duty death.

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