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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 07: Sergio Aguero of Manchester City during the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Manchester City at Anfield on October 7, 2018 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images)

Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images

Sergio Aguero is among the nominees for the 2018 Ballon d’Or after the first five players in contention for the award were announced on Monday, per France Football.

The Manchester City striker is joined by Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale, who scored twice as a substitute in last season’s UEFA Champions League final.

Liverpool lost the final to Bale and Real, but Reds goalkeeper Alisson Becker has also been nominated after moving to Anfield from AS Roma back in the summer, in a deal eventually making him the second-most expensive stopper in history.

Bale’s Real team-mate Karim Benzema is also on the list, along with Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani.

These and may other of world football’s stars will likely compete with Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, who have 10 Ballon d’Or wins between them, for this illustrious individual honour.

This article will be updated to provide more information on this story as it becomes available.

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