Harry Kane, Cristiano Ronaldo and Eden Hazard named on Ballon d'Or shortlist

Mbappe coping well with new status says Lloris

Atletico Madrid attacker Antoine Griezmann says the Ballon d'Or should go to a French player this year.

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

Ronaldo, now at Juventus, won the Champions League for the third season in a row with Madrid, while De Bruyne inspired Manchester City's Premier League and EFL Cup double before a strong World Cup showing.

Bale, who scored two goals in Real's triumph in the final of the Champions League against Liverpool, joins his club teammate Karim Benzema among the first wave of 30 nominees for the year's best player.

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

Paul Pogba says he would love a Frenchman to win the Ballon d'Or, but does not believe it should be him.

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Griezmann, who was ignored for FIFA's The Best awards, is among the top 30 for the Ballon d'Or nominees.

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.

"One of the four, actually, because there is NG (N'Golo Kante)".

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

The Ballon d'Or has been awarded by France Football every year since 1956, with former England global Sir Stanley Matthews the first victor.

The list contained most of the usual suspects, however, we did see a few surprising names on the list.

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