Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

City Duo Nominated for Ballon d'Or Award

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

City Duo Nominated for Ballon d'Or Award

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DUO Sergio Aguero and Kevin de Bruyne have been shortlisted for the Ballon d'Or.

But Paul Pogba is the only United player to make the 30-man shortlist.

Cristiano Ronaldo is in contention to retain the trophy for the third successive year.

The 33-year-old forward, who ended his nine-season stay at Real Madrid by moving to Juventus for £99m in the summer, is a five-time winner of the award.

Ronaldo played a key role in Real's Champions League triumph last season and scored a World Cup hat-trick for Portugal against Spain.

Wales international Gareth Bale, scorer of a brace in Real's European final win over Liverpool, is also among the players in contention.

Mohamed Salah is among nine Premier League players to be nominated after a record-breaking first season at Liverpool. …

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