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Paul Pogba says N'Golo Kante deserves to win Ballon d'Or

11 October, 2018, 03:10 | Author: Candice Daniels
  • The 30-man shortlist for this year's Ballon d'Or award is being revealed today

Although Manchester United keeper David de Gea seems to have not been chosen in the shortlist for the footballing award.

Particularly in a World Cup year, it feels as though such awards - like the honours list, never to be taken too seriously - should provide a snapshot of a time (otherwise, voting for world's best footballer, we would just give it to Messi every season).

Back in May, Salah looked on course to be in contention for 2018's Ballon d'Or.

France won the FIFA World Cup in 2016.

Victory in the Champions League for the third consecutive season and their players among the World Cup finalists in Russian Federation have resulted in the Spanish side being well represented.

Four goalkeepers are also among the 30 - Thibaut Courtois of Belgium and Real Madrid, Liverpool and Brazil stopper Alisson Becker, Tottenham's France World Cup victor Hugo Lloris and Atletico's Jan Oblak.

The winners will be announced at a ceremony in Paris on Monday December 3, with television coverage from 20:45 CET.

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Mbappe, 19, made no secret in the past that he idolises five-time Ballon d'Or victor Ronaldo and his meteoric rise has as a teenage World Cup victor suggests he may enjoy a similar trophy-laden path.

The likes of Luis Suarez, Sergio Ramos, N'Golo Kante and Eden Hazard have yet to get off the mark in terms of percentage of votes cast, while the FIFA "Best" award victor Luka Modric has also struggled for fan votes.

The full list will contain 30 players the names of whom will be revealed throughout the day.

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

Griezmann, who was ignored for FIFA's The Best awards, is among the top 30 for the Ballon d'Or nominees.

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

For six years it combined with world football's governing body to become the Fifa Ballon d'Or.

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