Alisson, Firmino, Mane and Salah nominated for 2018 Ballon d'Or

Alisson, Firmino, Mane and Salah nominated for 2018 Ballon d'Or

Paul Pogba believes N'Golo Kante is among the France players who deserves to win the Ballon d'Or more than himself.

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

The Ballon d'Or is considered the most coveted personal accolade a player can achieve and this year's awards ceremony will take place in Paris on December 3.

Then came Bale, who scored twice in the Champions League final - along with Real Madrid teammate and fellow scorer, Karim Benzema.

Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo, who joined Juventus from Real Madrid in the summer, won last year's Ballon d'Or.

England only have one representative on the list in Harry Kane while Gareth Bale is also among the nominees.

Griezmann, who scored 4 goals in the World Cup, and also helped Atletico Madrid in winning the Europa League title a year ago, was one of the 30 players to be nominated for the award.

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Manchester City forward Sergio Aguero was the first nominee after winning the Premier League, Carabao Cup and Community Shield, scoring 26 goals in 33 games in 2018 for club and country.

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

Completing the final 15 nominees for France Football's prize are Real Madrid's Marcelo and Sergio Ramos, Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak and Barcelona forward Luis Suarez.

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

Pogba was named on the 30-man shortlist for the award earlier this week after helping France to World Cup glory in Russian Federation in the summer.

The Ballon d'Or, which was first won by Englishman Stanley Matthews in 1956, is decided by a ballot of journalists from around the world.

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