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

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Atletico Madrid's Antoine Griezmann believes France teammate Kylian Mbappe is playing like Cristiano Ronaldo when he was with Manchester United.

The likes of Paul Pogba, N'Golo Kante, Kylian Mbappe and Raphael Varane all gave strong performances in Russian Federation, but Griezmann appears to be the leading French candidate for the prize.

"I cannot designate one".

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Salah enjoyed one of the finest debut campaigns in Reds history with 44 goals after signing from Roma in 2017, including a record tally of 32 in a 38-game Premier League season.

"One of the four also because there is Kante". "I tease him often - I ask him how he manages to score so many goals. I do not put myself in".

Despite those strong candidates in the running, Griezmann is adamant that the Ballon d'Or should be given to a French footballer in recognition of the country's achievements over the summer.

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PSG's Mbappe appears a dead certainty for the newly-introduced Kopa Trophy, which rewards the best players under 21, and is voted on by previous Ballon d'Or winners. In any case, that's what I think.

Harry Kane and Cristiano Ronaldo have been named on the shortlist for the 2018 Ballon d'Or.

Lionel Messi, Neymar and World Cup victor Kylian Mbappe are among the final players named on the 30-man Ballon d'Or shortlist.

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Ronaldo looked a certainty for his third straight Ballon d'Or after leading Real Madrid to their unprecedented threepeat in the continent's prime club competition, where he was yet again the top scorer.

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