Contributed by Nkafu Gabriel

It’s that time again, the Biggest and most prestigious individual award in football is up for grabs. France football on Monday evening revealed their 30 nominees for the 2019 Ballon d’Or. Nominees for the Women Ballon d’Or and for the Kopa Trophy for the best under-21 player have also been revealed.

Who will emerge as winner of the 2019 Ballon D’or? Well, that question will be answered in December this year when the results are officially made known but for now, here are the nominees.

Men’s Ballon d’Or list in full

Sadio Mané (Liverpool/Senegal)

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Sergio Agüero (Manchester City/Argentina)

Frenkie de Jong (Ajax/Netherlands)

Hugo Lloris (Tottenham/France)

Dušan Tadić (Ajax/Serbia)

Kylian Mbappé (PSG/France)

Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool/England)

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Donny van de Beek (Ajax/Netherlands)

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal/Gabon)

Marc-André ter Stegen (Barcelona/Germany)

Alisson (Liverpool/Brazil)

Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus/Portugal)

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Matthijs de Ligt (Juventus/Netherlands)

Karim Benzema (Real Madrid/France)

Georginio Wijnaldum (Liverpool/Netherlands)

Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool/Netherlands)

Bernardo Silva (Manchester City/Portugal)

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Heung-min Son (Tottenham/South Korea)

Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich/Poland)

Roberto Firmino (Liverpool/Brazil)

Lionel Messi (Barcelona/Argentina)

Riyad Mahrez (Man City/Algeria)

Kevin De Bruyne (Man City/Belgium)

Kalidou Koulibaly (Napoli/Senegal)

Antoine Griezmann (Atlético Madrid/Barcelona/France)

Mohamed Salah (Liverpool/Egypt)

Eden Hazard (Chelsea/Real Madrid/Belgium)

Marquinhos (PSG/Brazil)

Raheem Sterling (Man City/England)

João Félix (Benfica/Atlético Madrid/Portugal)

Ronaldo and Messi currently share the record for most Ballon d’Or wins with five, and are hoping to take the lead outright by emerging winner of the Men’s Ballon D’or. Last year, the award was won by Real Madrid midfielder, Luka Modric.

Women’s Ballon d’Or

Sam Kerr (Chicago Red Stars/Australia)

Ellen White (Manchester City/England)

Nilla Fischer (Linköping/Sweden)

Amadine Henry (Lyon/France)

Lucy Bronze (Lyon/England)

Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride/USA)

Viviane Miedema (Arsenal/Netherlands)

Dzsenifer Marozsan (Lyon/Germany)

Pernille Harder (Wolfsburg/Denmark)

Sarah Bouhaddi (Lyon/France)

Megan Rapinoe (Reign FC/USA)

Lieke Martens (Barcelona/Netherlands)

Sari van Veenendaal (Atlético Madrid/Netherlands)

Wendie Renard (Lyon/France)

Rose Lavelle (Washington Spirit/USA)

Marta (Orlando Pride/Brazil)

Ada Hegerberg (Lyon/Norway)

Kosovare Asllani (Tacon/Sweden)

Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns/USA)

Kopa Trophy

João Félix (Atlético Madrid/Portugal)

Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund/England)

Moise Kean (Everton/Italy)

Samuel Chukwueze (Villarreal/Nigeria)

Kang-in Lee (Valencia/South Korea)

Matthijs de Ligt (Juventus/Netherlands)

Vinícius Júnior (Real Madrid/Brazil)

Kai Havertz (Bayer Leverkusen/Germany)

Matteo Guendouzi (Arsenal/France)

Andriy Lunin (Real Valladolid/Ukraine)

The winners will be revealed at the 2019 Ballon d’Or gala, which is to be held at the Théatre du Châtelet in Paris on 2 December.

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