Tuesday, 23 October, 2018

Paul Pogba: I don't deserve to win the Ballon d'Or

Gareth Bale is one of the first nominees for the 2018 Ballon d'or Gareth Bale is one of the first nominees for the 2018 Ballon d'or
Andrew Wong | 10 October, 2018, 08:43

Liverpool's Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson Becker, Frenchman Karim Benzema and Edinson Cavani completes the five-man list.

They are joined by Mbappe's France team-mates Hugo Lloris, Paul Pogba and Raphael Varane, as well as Croatia star Luka Modric, who won the World Cup Golden Ball.

This year's Ballon d'Or is an interesting one as the recent "The Best FIFA Awards" proved that Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo no longer have a duopoly on the awards.

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But the Atletico Madrid man is clearly hoping that he or his countrymen get recognised later in the year, adding, "I think the Ballon d'Or has more prestige, a richer history".

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 worldwide teammate and Chelsea midfielder N'Golo Kante.

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The award merged with the FIFA World Player of the Year prize from 2010-2015 to create the FIFA Ballon d'Or, but returned to France Football magazine in 2016 while FIFA established The Best awards.

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. Kylian Mbappe, the Paris Saint-Germain striker who burst onto the global scene with his performances as France won the World Cup, is the favourite.

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