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Mohamed Salah shortlisted in 30-man roster for the Ballon d’Or

Mohamed Salah shortlisted in 30-man roster for the Ballon d’Or

While Messi, who last won the prize in 2015, enjoyed another year of stellar goalscoring feats, Barcelona's early Champions League exit and Argentina's failure to make the last eight of the World Cup have likely ruled him out of contention.

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

Kylian Mbappe is third-favourite after winning the World Cup with France at the age of 19, with 6-1 odds.

At Fifa's awards in September, Croatia and Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric was named the world's best male player, while Brazil and Orlando Pride forward Marta won the best female player award.

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Having lost out in the Federation Internationale de Football Association best player of the year award to Luka Modric, Cristiano Ronaldo takes his place among the 30 nominees for the Ballon d'Or that were being unveiled in stages throughout Monday.

Griezmann, who scored 4 goals in the World Cup, and also helped Atletico Madrid in winning the Europa League title a year ago, was one of the 30 players to be nominated for the award.

Eden Hazard gives Chelsea another player in the running after starring alongside De Bruyne at the World Cup, with England's Golden Boot victor Harry Kane also included.

Modric's global team-mates Mario Mandzukic and Ivan Rakitic are also on the shortlist, as are Liverpool duo Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane.

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Ronaldo won the award previous year.

The winners of the prestigious men's and women's awards will be announced at a ceremony in Paris on December 3 in Paris.

Sergio Aguero (Argentina/Manchester City), Alisson Becker (Brazil/Liverpool), Gareth Bale (Wales/Real Madrid), Karim Benzema (France/Real Madrid), Edinson Cavani (Uruguay/Paris Saint-Germain).

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