Ballon d'Or 2018: 10 awesome facts about nominees

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Goal takes a look at some of the most interesting facts surrounding the recent nominee announcement

With the Ballon d'Or nominees officially unveiled, Goal has broken down this year's field while taking a look at some of the most interesting facts surrounding those involved.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi once again headline the list of players in the running for the Ballon d'Or as France Football unveiled a list of 30 nominees on Monday. 

The two have had stranglehold on the award in recent years with Kaka being the last player to top the duo for the annual award.

This year's field has a number of interesting candidates, including Luka Modric, who claimed FIFA's Best Men's Player award, as well as a strong French contingent following this summer's World Cup triumph.

 

  1. Ballon d'Or 2018 Fact 1

    8 - The number of Real Madrid players selected. Crowned as Champions League winners for the third time in a row, the Spanish club is the most represented team among the nominees. 
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    14 - The amount of nominees from La Liga. It is the league most represented ahead the Premier League (11), Ligue 1 (3) and Serie A (2).
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    14 - Cristiano Ronaldo is present among the nominees for the 14th time in a row. It is the longest consecutive streak just ahead of Lionel Messi (13).
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    12 - The number of new nominees that weren't involved in the 2017 Ballon d'Or. The rate of returning nominees is lower than last year's award
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    2 - This is the second time that Kylian Mbappé has been nominated for the title of the Ballon d'Or. This is a new record for a footballer under the age of 20.
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    0 - The number of Germans and Italians players on the list. 
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    7 - The number of French players on the list. The number is the biggest contingent from Les Bleus since the 1998 edition, a year that saw a French victory for the last time (Zinedine Zidane).
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    13 - The number of players over 30 present among the applicants. That's 43% of the list. Cristiano Ronaldo is the oldest nominee at age 33. 
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    Ballon d'or 2018 Fact 9

    15 - Of the 30 players selected for this Ballon d'Or, half are attackers, a proportion consistent with the trends of previous years. There are also seven midfielders, four defenders and four goalkeepers.
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    Ballon d'or 2018 Fact 10

    27 - This is the number of nominees who were present in Russia during the last World Cup. The three "intruders" all ply their trade in Madrid: Jan Oblak, Karin Benzema and Gareth Bale.