Final 30-man shortlist for 2018 Ballon d’Or

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BARCELONA, SPAIN - JANUARY 17: Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona holds up the FIFA Ballon d'Or trophy prior to the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Athletic Club de Bilbao at Camp Nou on January 17, 2016 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

The final 30-man shortlist for this year’s Ballon d’Or award has been unveiled with eight Real Madrid players included

The Ballon d’Or is a prestigious individual award that was first presented to Sir Stanley Matthews in 1956 and has since been awarded to the best player of the year ever since.

Five-time winners Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have dominated the prize for the past decade, although Luka Modric is considered the strong favourite for this year’s Ballon d’Or after claiming the FIFA and UEFA Player of the Year awards.

France Football have named the Croatian playmaker on the 30-man shortlist along with seven of his Real Madrid teammates.

EIBAR, SPAIN - MAY 19: Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona celebrates after scoring his team's second goal during the La Liga match between SD Eibar and FC Barcelona at Ipurua Municipal Stadium on May 19, 2019 in Eibar, Spain. (Photo by Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images)

Valverde doesn’t believe Messi is thinking about the Golden Boot award

The Barcelona manager believes the Argentinean superstar is focused more on delivering results for the team than in personal objectives.

11 Premier League players have also made the list with Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah, Chelsea’s Eden Hazard, Manchester United’s Paul Pogba and Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero among them.

Both Ronaldo and Messi are on the list with the pair aiming for a record sixth Ballon d’Or this year.

The winner will be announced in Paris on December 3.

30-man shortlist for 2018 Ballon d’Or

  • Sergio Agüero (ARG / Manchester City)
  • Alisson (BRE / Liverpool)
  • Gareth Bale (GAL / Real Madrid)
  • Karim Benzema (FRA / Real Madrid)
  • Edinson Cavani (URU / PSG)
  • Thibaut Courtois (BEL / Chelsea)
  • Cristiano Ronaldo (POR / Juventus Turin)
  • Kevin De Bruyne (BEL / Manchester City)
  • Roberto Firmino (BRE / Liverpool)
  • Diego Godin (URU / Atlético Madrid)
  • Antoine Griezmann (FRA / Atlético Madrid)
  • Eden Hazard (BEL / Chelsea)
  • Isco (ESP / Real Madrid)
  • Harry Kane (ANG / Tottenham)
  • N’Golo Kanté (FRA / Chelsea)
  • Hugo Lloris (FRA / Tottenham)
  • Mario Mandzukic (CRO / Juventus Turin)
  • Sadio Mané (SEN / Liverpool)
  • Marcelo (BRE / Real Madrid)
  • Kylian Mbappé (FRA / PSG)
  • Lionel Messi (ARG / FC Barcelone)
  • Luka Modric (CRO / Real Madrid)
  • Neymar (BRE / PSG)
  • Jan Oblak (SLO / Atlético Madrid)
  • Paul Pogba (FRA / Manchester United)
  • Ivan Rakitic (CRO / FC Barcelone)
  • Mohamed Salah (EGY / Liverpool)
  • Sergio Ramos (ESP / Real Madrid)
  • Luis Suarez (URU / FC Barcelone)
  • Raphaël Varane (FRA / Real Madrid)

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