Publicado: Jue, Octubre 11, 2018
Deportes | Por Godofredo Marrero

Atletico Madrid attacker Griezmann: Ballon d'Or must go to Frenchman

Atletico Madrid attacker Griezmann: Ballon d'Or must go to Frenchman

The honour, now separate from FIFA's own Best player of the year award, is bestowed annually by France Football magazine. Although Manchester United keeper David de Gea seems to have not been chosen in the shortlist for the footballing award.

This award runs alongside FIFA's The Best, which was won by Luka Modric in September.

Manchester City forward Sergio Aguero was the first nominee after winning the Premier League, Carabao Cup and Community Shield, scoring 26 goals in 33 games in 2018 for club and country.

Antoine Griezmann, a World Cup victor with France and Europa League champion at Atletico Madrid, is nominated alongside global teammates, Chelsea midfielder N'Golo Kante, Manchester United's Paul Pogba and PSG's Kylian Mbappe.

Kane, the only English player to be named so far, is also up against Ronaldo's former Real Madrid team-mate Gareth Bale and Chelsea duo Eden Hazard and N'Golo Kante.

No City player has won the coveted prize and Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have dominated the award over the past decade, winning it five times each.

The ceremony to announce the victor will take place in Paris on 3 December, when a women's award will be presented for the first time.

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Liverpool's Alisson Becker, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah have been shortlisted for the 2018 Ballon d'Or.

A panel of journalists selects the Ballon d'Or victor which was first established in 1956 and will this year feature a women's award for the first time.

France internationals Amandine Henry, Amel Majri and Wendie Renard are joined on the list by Germany's Dzsenifer Marozsan, England's Lucy Bronze, Ada Hegerberg of Norway and Japan defender Saki Kumagai.

Ronaldo played a key role in Real's Champions League triumph last season and scored a World Cup hat-trick for Portugal against Spain.

Other nominees are Pernille Harder, Lindsey Horan, Fran Kirby, Sam Kerr, Lieke Martens, Megan Rapinoe and Christine Sinclair.

For six years it combined with world football's governing body to become the Fifa Ballon d'Or.

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