Ballon d'Or: Gareth Bale among first five nominees to be announced

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Griezmann admitted that he would love to win himself and join the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in the hall of fame.

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

The Spain worldwide, who was named in the FIFA FIFPro World 11 last month, has not been included in the latest group of five nominees for France Football's individual prize.

The Ballon d'Or has been awarded by France Football every year since 1956, with former England global Sir Stanley Matthews the first victor.

On Tuesday afternoon, Paul Pogba and 29 other football stars made the 30 man nominees for the 2018 Ballon d'Or award which was last won by Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo.

Having finished third in 2016, Griezmann, who won the Europa League last term with Atletico as well as lifting the World Cup with France over the summer.

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.

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Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne has had a terrific season for the club.

The victor of the prestigious award organised by France Football magazine will be announced on December 3.

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

Also making the cut are Juve's Mario Mandzukic and Liverpool's Sadio Mane, while Barcelona are also represented by Croat defender Ivan Rakitic.

The first five Ballon d'Or nominees have been named and a number of Premier League players feature prominently on the list.

Brazil's Marta, crowned best women's player for a record sixth time at last month's Federation Internationale de Football Association awards, is also in contention after her role in winning the Copa America.

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