Lionel Messi, Neymar and World Cup victor Kylian Mbappe are among the final players named on the 30-man Ballon d'Or shortlist.
The latest candidates, who are being revealed in alphabetical order, include Thibaut Courtois, 2017 victor Cristiano Ronaldo, Kevin De Bruyne, Roberto Firmino and Diego Godin.
Defender Fabio Cannavaro was victorious in 2006, while Ronaldinho, Andriy Shevchenko and Pavel Nedved were successful in 2005, 2004 and 2003 respectively.
The 33-year-old won the FIFA The Best award earlier in the year, pipping Ronaldo and Salah to the trophy.
The Croatian had a stellar year, leading his country to an unlikely World Cup final while also winning a third-consecutive Champions League title.
For six years it combined with world football's governing body to become the FIFA Ballon d'Or.
Bale, who scored two goals in Real's triumph in the final of the Champions League against Liverpool including a spectacular overhead kick, is joined by club teammates Karim Benzema, Raphael Varane, Isco, Marcelo and Sergio Ramos.
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The ceremony to announce the victor will take place in Paris on 3 December, when a women's award will also be presented for the first time.
Antoine Griezmann, a World Cup victor with France and Europa League champion at Atletico Madrid, is nominated alongside global teammates, Chelsea midfielder N'Golo Kante, Manchester United's Paul Pogba and PSG's Kylian Mbappe.
England only have one representative on the list in Harry Kane while Gareth Bale is also among the nominees.
Roberto Firmino from Brazil, Liverpool and Diego Godin from Uruguay, Atletico Madrid.
Modric's global team-mates Mario Mandzukic and Ivan Rakitic are also on the shortlist, as are Liverpool duo Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane.
However, FIFA ended its association with the award in September 2016.