Lionel Messi vs Cristiano Ronaldo: Griezmann makes controversial Ballon d’Or verdict

Aubrey Yates
October 10, 2018

The 27-year-old enjoyed another fine campaign with Atletico - scoring 29 goals in 2017-18 as his team won the Europa League - while he netted four times to help France to the World Cup title.

Ronaldo and Messi have won the award between them for the last 10 years.

For six years it combined with world football's governing body to become the Fifa Ballon d'Or.

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

The 30 Ballon d'Or nominees, revealed by France Football, have been released and consist of 11 Premier League players, 14 from La Liga, three from Ligue 1 and two from Serie A.

The latest candidates, who are being revealed in alphabetical order, include Thibaut Courtois, 2017 victor Cristiano Ronaldo, Kevin De Bruyne, Roberto Firmino and Diego Godin.

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De Bruyne was nominated for helping City win the Premier League and Belgium reach the World Cup semi-finals.

Chelsea star N'Golo Kante, Spurs' goalie Hugo Lloris, Kylian Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann, Paul Pogba, Raphael Varane and Karim Benzema are the seven French players.

Manchester City forward Sergio Aguero and PSG's Neymar are nominated as are two other prolific South American strikers: Uruguayans Edinson Cavani of PSG and Luis Suarez of Barcelona.

But a combination of apparent voter fatigue, Croatia's fairytale run, and recent rape allegations against the Portuguese star have lessened his chances with the bookies, with Modric, who captured the rival FIFA Best Player award last month, now considered the odds-on favorite.

Roberto Firmino from Brazil, Liverpool and Diego Godin from Uruguay, Atletico Madrid. Kylian Mbappe, the Paris Saint-Germain striker who burst onto the global scene with his performances as France won the World Cup, is the favourite.

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