Ronaldo, who took the prize in 2008, 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2017, was nominated for the 16th time, while Bernardo Silva, who plays for Manchester City, and Félix, who played for Benfica and was signed by Atletico Madrid for €126 million, make their debut in the list of candidates.

Others up for the award include Argentine striker Lionel Messi (FC Barcelona), who has won the prize five times and Dutch defender Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool).

The prize winner will be announced on 2 December.