Ballon d'Or award nominees: Gareth Bale Sergio Aguero Alisson on list

Griezmann is on the shortlist alongside global team-mates Hugo Lloris, N'Golo Kante, Raphael Varane, Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe.

Despite Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Luka Modric, who won the Golden Ball in the World Cup, and was also voted as FIFA's best player last month, Griezmann remained adamant that a France worldwide should be given Ballon d'Or.

"One of the four also because there is NG [Kante]".

"I think they belong in the same category of player, but Kylian is very young".

Antoine Griezmann, another World Cup victor with France and Europa League champion at Atletico Madrid, is nominated alongside global team-mates, Chelsea midfielder N'Golo Kante and Manchester United's Paul Pogba.

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.

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.

'Afterwards, there are votes, opinions, different judgements.

"However, I believe that a Frenchman must win the Ballon d'Or".

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.

He said: 'For me, it's a dream.

Liverpool and Egypt forward Mohamed Salah has a global appeal, we all know that, but does he really deserve to win the 2018 Balon d'Or? It would be a dream to become an example to others'.

The award will be given on December.

Vanessa Coleman

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