Embattled Ronaldo nominated for Ballon d’Or, but Modric now bookies’ favorite

Tanya Simon
October 10, 2018

Modric won the 2018 Federation Internationale de Football Association men's award last month, while the women's award went to Brazil forward Marta, another Women's Ballon d'Or award nominee. But who would be in our writers' top three players?

The Manchester United midfielder was named on the 30-man shortlist for the award for the best player of the year, with the victor to be announced in Paris on December 3.

Atletico Madrid striker Griezmann, however, is keen to see one of his compatriots take the big prize - with the 27-year-old himself arguably the most likely France star to do so.

Real Madrid and Wales forward Gareth Bale and Manchester City's Belgium midfielder Kevin De Bruyne were among the first 15 nominees for the Ballon d'Or award announced on Monday.

Atletico Madrid's Antoine Griezmann believes France teammate Kylian Mbappe is playing like Cristiano Ronaldo when he was with Manchester United.

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

He also scooped the PFA Players' Player of the Year, FWA Footballer of the Year, African Footballer of the Year, BBC African Footballer of the Year, PFA Team of the Year, Liverpool's Fans Player of the Year, Liverpool's Players' Player of the Year AND the Premier League Player of the Season.

PSG's Mbappe appears a dead certainty for the newly-introduced Kopa Trophy, which rewards the best players under 21, and is voted on by previous Ballon d'Or winners.

"One of the four also because there is NG (Kante)". He was not looking for goals, though. Historically, the Ballon d'Or is the best of the best. "He will be scoring 50 goals per season".

"There are only star players, only legends among the winners".

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