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

Doug Mendoza
October 10, 2018

Harry Kane and Cristiano Ronaldo have been named on the shortlist for the 2018 Ballon d'Or.

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Griezmann was included on the 30-man shortlist for the individual prize, which also includes Ronaldo, Messi and Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba.

Federation Internationale de Football Association split from the Ballon d'Or in 2016 to launch its own set of awards.

Wales worldwide Gareth Bale, scorer of a brace in Real's European final win over Liverpool, is among the 10 names already released.

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Firmino is nominated despite Liverpool failing to win a trophy last term and Brazil reaching only the World Cup quarter-finals, while Godin gets the nod following Atletico Madrid's victories in the Europa League and UEFA Super Cup.

Manchester City forward Sergio Aguero, Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson, Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema and Paris St-Germain attacker Edinson Cavani are also contenders.

The 33-year-old forward, who ended his nine-season stay at Real Madrid by moving to Juventus for £99million in the summer, is a five-time victor of the award.

Brazil's Marta, crowned best women's player for a record sixth time at last month's Federation Internationale de Football Association awards, is also in contention after her role in winning the Copa America.

Kylian Mbappe is third-favourite after winning the World Cup with France at the age of 19, with 6-1 odds.

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