Ron­aldo among early nom­i­nees for Bal­lon d’Or

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Premier League stars Ser­gio Aguero, Sa­dio Mane and Hugo Lloris have been nom­i­nated for the 2019 Bal­lon d’Or. Manch­ester City striker Aguero, his Liver­pool coun­ter­part Mane and the Tot­ten­ham goal­keeper Lloris were among the first five nom­i­nees re­vealed by France Foot­ball. They were joined by Barcelona mid­fielder Frenkie de Jong and Ajax’s for­mer Southamp­ton for­ward Du­san Tadic. Arse­nal striker Pierre-Em­er­ick Aubameyang and Liver­pool de­fender Trent Alexan­der-Arnold have also been in­cluded in the 30-strong list, as have Barcelona keeper Mar­cAn­dre ter Ste­gen and Ajax mid­fielder Donny van de Beek. There is a place for Paris Saint-Ger­main’s World Cup win­ner Kylian Mbappe. Five-time win­ner Cris­tiano Ron­aldo is also in­cluded on the list as is his Ju­ven­tus team­mate Matthijs de Ligt.

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