Ballon d'Or 2018: Messi, Neymar and Mbappe added to shortlist

Ballon d'Or 2018: Messi, Neymar and Mbappe added to 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.

The Tottenham striker captained England to their first World Cup semi-final in 28 years in Russian Federation this summer.

Both Pogba and Kante have made the 30-man shortlist to win the Ballon d'Or but the Manchester United midfielder believes several of his France teammates have a stronger case.

Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo was among the first 10 nominees for the men's Ballon d'Or trophy announced on Monday, awarded by France Football magazine to the best player in the world.

France worldwide Antoine Griezmann has stressed that the Ballon d'Or award should be given to the member of the France World Cup team this year.

Kevin De Bruyne was nominated for helping Manchester City win the Premier League and Belgium reach the World Cup semi-finals while Salah enjoyed a breathtaking first season with Liverpool, bagging 32 goals in the Premier League.

Other top players nominated for the award are, Neymar, Gareth Bale, Eden Hazard, Luka Modric and Harry Kane.

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

Roberto Firmino from Brazil, Liverpool and Diego Godin from Uruguay, Atletico Madrid.

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

The Ballon d'Or criteria state that only performances from the current year are taken into account, and based on his 2018 form, Salah should not be on the shortlist.

Other nominees are Pernille Harder, Lindsey Horan, Fran Kirby, Sam Kerr, Lieke Martens, Megan Rapinoe and Christine Sinclair.

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