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Salah, Mane, Ronaldo, Messi, 26 Others Make 2018 Ballon d’Or Shortlist



France Football has released the 30-player shortlist for its Ballon d’Or award for 2018.

The two African players on the list are Egypt’s Mohamed Salah and Senegal’s Sadio Mane who both play for Liverpool.

Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Neymar Jr., Paul Pogba, Kylian Mbappe, Luka Modric, N’golo Kante, Luis Suarez, are also on the list.

Goalkeepers on the list include Belgium and Real Madrid’s Thibaut Courtois, France and Tottenham’s Hugo Lloris, Brazil and Liverpool’s Alisson and Slovenia and Atletico Madrid’s Jan Oblak.

The Ballon d’Or has been awarded since 1956, and in 2010, it merged with FIFA’s The Best Award to become the FIFA Ballon d’Or. This went on until 2016.

Cristiano Ronaldo has won the last two editions of the Ballon d’Or.

The award ceremony is scheduled to hold on December 3rd in Paris.

See full list below:

Sergio Aguero

30-Player Shortlist for 2018 Ballon d’Or
Position Country Club
Cristiano Ronaldo Forward Portugal Juventus
Lionel Messi Forward Argentina Barcelona
Gareth Bale Forward Wales Real Madrid
Karim Benzema Forward France Real Madrid
Kevin de Bruyne Midfielder Belgium Manchester City
Edinson Cavani Forward Uruguay Paris St-Germain
Thibaut Courtois Goalkeeper Belgium Real Madrid
Roberto Firmino Forward Brazil Liverpool
Diego Godin Defender Uruguay Atletico Madrid
Antoine Griezmann Forward France Atletico Madrid
Eden Hazard Forward Belgium Chelsea
Isco Midfielder Spain Real Madrid
Harry Kane Forward England Tottenham
N’Golo Kante Midfielder France Chelsea
Hugo Lloris Goalkeeper France Tottenham
Mario Mandzukic Forward Croatia Juventus
Sadio Mane Forward Senegal Liverpool
Marcelo Defender Brazil Real Madrid
Kylian Mbappe Forward France Paris St-Germain
Alisson Goalkeeper Brazil Liverpool
Luka Modric Midfielder Croatia Real Madrid
Neymar Forward Brazil Paris St-Germain
Jan Oblak Goalkeeper Slovenia Atletico Madrid
Paul Pogba Midfielder France Manchester United
Sergio Aguero Forward Argentina Manchester City
Ivan Rakitic Midfielder Croatia Barcelona
Sergio Ramos Defender Spain Real Madrid
Mohamed Salah Midfielder Egypt Liverpool
Luis Suarez Forward Uruguay Barcelona
Raphael Varane Defender France Real Madrid

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