Antoine Griezmann insists Ballon d'Or should go to a France player

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Real Madrid and Wales forward Gareth Bale is among the nominees for this year's men's Ballon d'Or award. Although Manchester United keeper David de Gea seems to have not been chosen in the shortlist for the footballing award.

Modric, a World Cup runner-up with Croatia, beat Juventus' Ronaldo and Salah to win the Federation Internationale de Football Association prize last month after Messi was surprisingly left off the final three-man list.

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

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Mbappe, 19, was named the Golden Boy as France won the World Cup in July and has scored 10 goals in seven appearances for Paris Saint-Germain in all competitions this season, including four in the 5-0 victory against Lyon on Sunday.

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.

Lionel Messi, Neymar and World Cup victor Kylian Mbappe are among the final players named on the 30-man Ballon d'Or shortlist.

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Liverpool's Alisson Becker, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah have been shortlisted for the 2018 Ballon d'Or. "He can play at any club in the world". The five time Ballon d'Or victor then went on to join Juventus for £88 million.

In another first, the best under-21 player will receive the Kopa Trophy.

The victor of the prestigious award organised by France Football magazine will be announced on December 3.

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