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Griezmann appeals for Messi, Ronaldo & Modric snub in favour of France win

10 October, 2018, 15:43 | Author: Tommie Newton
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The victor of the prestigious award organised by France Football magazine will be announced on December 3.

The 26-year-old broke the record of scoring the most goals in a 38-game Premier League campaign, last season, beating Tottenham Hotspur forward Harry Kane to the Golden Boot award with 32 goals for his club.

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.

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

Paul Pogba might have struggled to replicate his World Cup form with Manchester United, but the French midfielder's performances in Russian Federation mean he has also made the shortlist.

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

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Other players vying for the 2018 Ballon d'Or include last year's victor Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, Harry Kane, Eden Hazard and Antoine Griezmann.

Having finished third in 2016, Griezmann, who won the Europa League last term with Atletico as well as lifting the World Cup with France over the summer.

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

"In this best team in the world, there must be the best player in the world, right?"

Real Madrid have dominated the 30-man list of nominations for the Ballon d'Or with Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema, Thibaut Courtois, Isco Alarcon, Marcelo, Luka Modric, Sergio Ramos, and Raphael Varane all included.

Sergio Aguero has been nominated for the Ballon d'Or.

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