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

Chelsea star N'Golo Kante, Spurs' goalie Hugo Lloris, Kylian Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann, Paul Pogba, Raphael Varane and Karim Benzema are the seven French players.

Specialist magazine France Football, which has awarded the prize since 1956, announced the 30 nominees for the calendar year trophy, among whom a victor will be chosen by a group of respected football journalists from around the world.

The list is compiled by the editorial staff of France Football magazine following which journalists from all over the world vote for the best player in the world.

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.

"In any case, that's what I think".

Meanwhile, the Ballon d'Or since 2008 has been won by either Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi and the pair are both among the favorites again this year.

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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.

Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea appears to have missed out on a place on the 30-man shortlist for the 2018 Ballon d'Or.

Atletico Madrid striker Griezmann and PSG wonderkid Mbappe are seen as the Frenchmen with the best chance of individual glory, but Croatia midfielder Luka Modric is the favourite for the award after winning the Champions League with Real and leading his country to the final of Russian Federation 2018.

"I wish. He would be a fair victor for me", the Atletico midfielder said. There are only star performers - the winners are examples. "It would be a dream to become an example to others", he said.

The winners of the prestigious men's and women's awards will be announced at a ceremony in Paris on December 3 in Paris.

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