Pogba On 4 Stars Who Deserve Ballon d'Or, Snubs Messi & Ronaldo

Ballon d'Or LIVE updates- Bale and Aguero among first nominees

In total 30 nominees will be announced, with the ceremony scheduled for 3 December.

There were seven Frenchmen named on the list after helping Les Bleus win their second World Cup in Russian Federation this summer.

Every Ballon d'Or since 2008 has been won by either Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi and the pair are both among the favourites again this year.

However, Fifa ended its association with the award in September 2016.

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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.

Griezmann won the World Cup with France, finishing as the man of the match in the final and he also finished as the Europa League's best player with a brace in the final.

"The betting suggests Messi and Ronaldo's grip on the Ballon d'Or could be coming to an end this year as Luka Modric is odds-on to win the prize following his performances at the World Cup with Croatia and domestically for Real Madrid", said Coral's John Hill.

The City striker is among the first five names to be revealed by France Football, along with Edinson Cavani, Alisson Becker, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema.

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But who does Chelsea winger Hazard think will win the award?

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

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.

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