Ballon d’Or 2018: contenders for football’s global honour revealed

• Fran Kirby and Lucy Bronze battle for inaugural women’s award
• Ronaldo, Kane, Bale and Salah make men’s list

Fran Kirby and Lucy Bronze have been nominated for the inaugural women’s Ballon d’Or while Gareth Bale, Harry Kane and Cristiano Ronaldo are contenders for the men’s award.

Kirby’s nomination arrives after she won the PFA Player’s Player of the Year and Football Writers’ Women’s Footballer of the year for 2017-18 while Bronze added to her list of honours with a Champions League medal as well as a league title with Lyon. For the first time, France Football magazine is awarding the individual award this year to a woman and a man on 3 December in Paris.

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