Updates as full list announced, Ronaldo, Messi, Salah, Modric contenders

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Updates as full list announced, Ronaldo, Messi, Salah, Modric contenders

The Kopa Award will be voted upon by the 33 surviving winners of the Ballon d'Or, among them Cristiano Ronaldo, Leo Messi, Zinedine Zidane, Ronaldinho, Ronaldo, Luis Figo and George Weah.

Also making the cut are Juve's Mario Mandzukic and Liverpool's Sadio Mane, while Barcelona are also represented by Croat defender Ivan Rakitic. Kylian Mbappe, the Paris Saint-Germain striker who burst onto the global scene with his performances as France won the World Cup, is the favourite.

Kane, the only English player to be named so far, is also up against Ronaldo's former Real Madrid team-mate Gareth Bale and Chelsea duo Eden Hazard and N'Golo Kante.

The Tottenham striker captained England to their first World Cup semi-final in 28 years in Russian Federation this summer.

Chelsea and Belgium star Hazard is included after impressing for club and country throughout the past year, while Griezmann, a Europa League and World Cup victor with Atletico Madrid and France respectively, is one of the favourites for the award.

Real Madrid and Wales forward Gareth Bale and Manchester City's Belgium midfielder Kevin De Bruyne were among the first 15 nominees for the Ballon d'Or award announced on Monday.

Kante was also part of France's victorious side in Russian Federation, while Isco helped Real Madrid to win a third consecutive Champions League.

Brazil's Marta, crowned best women's player for a record sixth time at last month's Federation Internationale de Football Association awards, is also in contention after her role in winning the Copa America.

However, he did score five times in nine appearances as they won the Champions League for a third season in a row.

De Bruyne was nominated for helping his club win the Premier League and his country reach the World Cup semi-finals.

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