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

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The 26-year-old also failed to win any silverware in the last 12 months, which makes his reason for inclusion even more questionable.

"For us, it was the best trophy you can win as a footballer".

Mbappe won the World Cup for France in Russian Federation, where he became the first teenager to score in a final since Pele in 1958.

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.

Another man on the list who was part of Real's Champions League success is Luka Modric, who went on to lead Croatia on their run to the World Cup final.

Salah's nomination was no surprise after his incredible debut season with Liverpool last term, as he scored 44 goals in all competitions, 32 of which were scored in the Premier League, making him the leagues top scorer.

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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.

The likes of Luis Suarez, Sergio Ramos, N'Golo Kante and Eden Hazard have yet to get off the mark in terms of percentage of votes cast, while the FIFA "Best" award victor Luka Modric has also struggled for fan votes.

Roberto Firmino from Brazil, Liverpool and Diego Godin from Uruguay, Atletico Madrid.

The ceremony to announce the victor will take place in Paris on 3 December, when a women's award will be presented for the first time. "He can play at any club in the world". "The Ballon d'Or must be won by a French player".

Completing the final 15 nominees for France Football's prize are Real Madrid's Marcelo and Sergio Ramos, Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak and Barcelona forward Luis Suarez.

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