A panel of journalists selects the Ballon d'Or victor which was first established in 1956 and will this year feature a women's award for the first time. Historically, the Ballon d'Or is the best of the best.
Cristiano Ronaldo headlines the latest batch of players to be announced as nominees for the 2018 Ballon d'Or by France football.
Courtois, who won FIFA's The Best Goalkeeper of the year, has been nominated for his brilliant season for Chelsea and Belgium at the World Cup.
Roberto Firmino from Brazil, Liverpool and Diego Godin from Uruguay, Atletico Madrid. "He can play at any club in the world".
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Trump joins other first ladies - including Laura Bush, Hillary Clinton and Michelle Obama - in embarking on solo trips to Africa. Egypt will be her final stop on her tour of the continent that focuses on child welfare, education, tourism and conservation.
In another first, the best under-21 player will receive the Kopa Trophy.
The Spain global, who was named in the FIFA FIFPro World 11 last month, has not been included in the latest group of fivenominees for France Football's individual prize.
For six years it combined with world football's governing body to become the Fifa Ballon d'Or.
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