Roberto Firmino and Eden Hazard make Ballon d'Or shortlist

10 October, 2018, 15:43 | Author: Isabel Grant
  • Roberto Firmino is the second Liverpool player to make the shortlist after Alisson

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.

"Whether it's Grizou [Griezmann], Kylian [Mbappe] or Raph [Varane], they deserve it much more than me", Pogba said.

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.

"I can't designate one [to win it]".

Alisson is also among the Reds contingency, though he joined in the summer, while Paul Pogba is the only Manchester United nominee. But I hope with all my heart that it will be one of the three.

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Madrid have another strong contender for the award in Luka Modric , who has already won the Golden Ball for his exploits at the World Cup with Croatia and last month was crowned the best player of the previous year by Federation Internationale de Football Association. "I tease him often - I ask him how he manages to score so many goals".

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

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

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.

According to the report, the names of these 30 players were announced by France Football in which some players will be dropped before the final day.

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