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

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

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

Federation Internationale de Football Association best player of the year Luka Modric remains on track for a second major award after he was named Monday among 30 nominees for the Ballon d'Or alongside the likes of ex-Real Madrid teammate Cristiano Ronaldo, Barcelona's Lionel Messi and Liverpool's Mohamed Salah. But who would be in our writers' top three players?

For the first time, a Ballon d'Or for women players will be awarded this year, with Champions League winners Lyon accounting for seven of the 15 nominees. No one can dispute Modric's influence for Real Madrid and Croatia; Hazard was arguably the best...

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

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 doesn't have the numbers of Cristiano [Ronaldo] and [Lionel] Messi, but he makes us play and score goals - for his club and national team".

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Liverpool and Egypt forward Mohamed Salah has so far received 51% of the fan votes on France Football's Ballon d'Or victor poll on its website.

"Kylian reminds me of Cristiano when he was in Manchester", Griezmann told France Football. There are only star performers - the winners are examples.

Mbappe scored four times in 13 minutes on Sunday but also missed a number of chances, which does not surprise Griezmann. That's all I hope for anyway, because there are many who deserve it. "It would be a dream to become an example to others". "I do not put myself in", Pogba said according to Goal.

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