Saturday, 20 October, 2018


Our writers pick their top three for the Ballon d'Or award

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Noah Ferguson | 10 October, 2018, 11:00

The 27-year-old enjoyed another fine campaign with Atletico - scoring 29 goals in 2017-18 as his team won the Europa League - while he netted four times to help France to the World Cup title.

Egypt and Liverpool star Mohamed Salah has been included among the 30 players nominated for the 2018 Ballon d'Or award which is sponsored by renowned French magazine France Football.

The victor will be announced in Paris on 3 December with a women's victor awarded for the first time.

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.

Another man on the list who was part of Real's Champions League success is Luka Modric, who went on to lead Croatia on their run to the World Cup final.

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

Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann, two key members of the France national team that sailed to their second-ever World Cup trophy are also likely to finish with high tallies, as are Eden Hazard and Kevin de Bruyne, members of Belgium's star-studded side that came third at Russian Federation 2018.

PSG trio Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani are the only Ligue 1 players.

Real Madrid midfielder Isco, Liverpool's Brazilian Roberto Firmino and Uruguay's rugged defender Diego Godin of Atletico Madrid also got the nod.

However, Fifa ended its association with the award in September 2016.

Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero and midfielder Kevin de Bruyne are also contenders, as are Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson and forward Robert Firmino.

Liverpool and Egypt forward Mohamed Salah has so far received 51% of the fan votes on France Football's Ballon d'Or victor poll on its website.

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