The 30 Ballon d'Or nominees

Kristopher Nichols
October 11, 2018

But Griezmann is adamant a French player deserves the prize after winning football's premier trophy this summer. Ultimately Lloris' inclusion on the list is due to the fact that he captained France to World Cup Glory in Russian Federation.

Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea appears to have missed out on a place on the 30-man shortlist for the 2018 Ballon d'Or.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are once again nominated for Ballon d'Or award.

France won the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation, and seven players of the squad made the 30 man nominees for the 2018 Ballon d'Or.

Griezmann won the World Cup with France, finishing as the man of the match in the final and he also finished as the Europa League's best player with a brace in the final.

Salah enjoyed one of the finest debut campaigns in Reds history with 44 goals after signing from Roma in 2017, including a record tally of 32 in a 38-game Premier League season.

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Manchester City forward Sergio Aguero and PSG's Neymar are nominated as are two other prolific South American strikers: Uruguayans Edinson Cavani of PSG and Luis Suarez of Barcelona.

Eden Hazard gives Chelsea another player in the running after starring alongside De Bruyne at the World Cup, with England's Golden Boot victor Harry Kane also included.

Liverpool's Alisson Becker, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah have been shortlisted for the 2018 Ballon d'Or.

Ronaldo played a key role in Real's Champions League triumph last season and scored a World Cup hat-trick for Portugal against Spain.

Ronaldo won the award a year ago.

The victor of the prestigious Ballon d'Or organised by France Football magazine will be announced on December 3.

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