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Harry Kane, Kevin De Bruyne nominated for Ballon d'Or

Harry Kane, Kevin De Bruyne nominated for Ballon d'Or”

Ronaldo - who took his fourth Ballon d'Or previous year - is favourite to take the honour for a fifth time.

Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo is the favorite to retain the trophy to equal the record of his great rival and five-times victor Lionel Messi of Barcelona.

Ronaldo is set to face competition competition from long-time rival Messi, who finished up as La Liga's top scorer with 37 goals - 12 ahead of Ronaldo - and helped Barcelona to Copa del Rey success in what was a largely disappointing season for the club.

Real Madrid duo of Marcelo and Luka Modric along with Juventus forward Paulo Dybala and Chelsea midfielder N'Golo Kante wrapped up the first five players with Neymar for the Ballon dÓr nominee list.

Others are Premier League midfielders Philippe Coutinho, Kevin de Bruyne and N'Golo Kante, plus Manchester United keeper David de Gea.

Manchester City playmaker Kevin De Bruyne, Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea and Roma forward Edin Dzeko make up the rest of the group to be announced in France Football's third quintet.

France Football are announcing a 30-man list of nominees over the course of Monday and the 26-year-old Blues midfielder was among the first five names to be revealed.



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