Ronaldo, Harry Kane Top Ballon d’Or List

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Cristiano Ronaldo and Harry Kane are among the first 15 players to be shortlisted by France Football magazine for the 2018 Ballon d’Or.

Ronaldo makes the list despite facing an allegation of rape by a woman he met in Las Vegas in 2009. He denies the accusation.

The Portuguese forward – who won his fifth Ballon d’Or in 2017 – is joined on the shortlist by Kane and former Real Madrid team-mate Gareth Bale.

Tottenham Hotspur striker Kane was among the third batch of nominees announced on Monday, along with Chelsea duo Eden Hazard and N’Golo Kante.

The names are released in groups of five throughout the day, with a 30-man shortlist eventually being drawn up ahead of the awards ceremony in Paris on December 3.

The other two players third group of nominees were Antoine Griezmann and Isco.

The Ballon d’Or is separate from FIFA’s own world player of the year awards, known as The Best, which was won by Real Madrid’s Croatian midfielder Luka Modric

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