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Five-time victor Cristiano Ronaldo, Luka Modric and Antoine Griezmann lead the shortlist for football's most prestigious individual prize, while Kylian Mbappe is the standout in the race for the new Kopa Trophy for young players.

"Whether it's Grizou (Griezmann), Kylian (Mbappe) or Raph (Varane), they deserve it much more than me".

The 31-year-old highlighted his current tendency to make mistakes when he gifted Croatia a goal during the World Cup final.

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

"One of the four also because there is Kante". That's all I hope for anyway, because there are many who deserve it.

Earlier, NAIJ.com had reported how Manchester United star Paul Pogba joined Brazilian football star Neymar and 28 other football stars in the 30 man nominees for the 2018 Ballon d'Or award.

Despite those strong candidates in the running, Griezmann is adamant that the Ballon d'Or should be given to a French footballer in recognition of the country's achievements over the summer.

No City player has won the coveted prize and Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have dominated the award over the past decade, winning it five times each.

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

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

"In any case, that is how I see it".

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


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