The Tottenham striker captained England to their first World Cup semi-final in 28 years in Russian Federation this summer.
Benzema's inclusion comes as something of a surprise, the 30-year-old having scored just five LaLiga goals throughout last season as Madrid finished 17 points behind champions Barcelona.
None of those players are among the favourites to be named victor in Paris on December 3, however.
Sergio Aguero has been nominated for the Ballon d'Or.
Hafeez, Imam help Pakistan to bright start against Australia
After resuming their first innings at the overnight score of 255/3, Pakistan lost night-watchman Mohammad Abbas (1) early. An early Peter Siddle breakthrough was the only highlight of the day, bowling nightwatchman Mohammad Abbas on day two.
Hamilton fastest in practice for Japanese Grand Prix
Fernando Alonso was 17th fastest and team-mate Stoffel Vandoorne slowest of all, a second off the Spaniard. Hamilton finished the best part of half-a-second faster than anybody else in practice on Friday.
Results and updates from UFC 229
He suggested that Nurmagomedov would face a suspension for his postfight antics. He came to Brooklyn and he broke a bus, he nearly killed a couple of people.
Having lost out in the Federation Internationale de Football Association best player of the year award to Luka Modric, Cristiano Ronaldo takes his place among the 30 nominees for the Ballon d'Or that were being unveiled in stages throughout Monday.
Roberto Firmino from Brazil, Liverpool and Diego Godin from Uruguay, Atletico Madrid.
The Ballon d'Or, a prestigious award presented since 1956, is given to the best player of the year and this year's ceremony will take place in Paris on 3 December.
The Ballon d'Or has been awarded by France Football every year since 1956, with former England global Sir Stanley Matthews the first victor.