Ballon D'Or 2018: Pogba reveals his three choices

Lynette Rowe
October 10, 2018

While Messi, who last won the prize in 2015, enjoyed another year of stellar goalscoring feats, Barcelona's early Champions League exit and Argentina's failure to make the last eight of the World Cup have likely ruled him out of contention.

The Ballon d'Or criteria state that only performances from the current year are taken into account, and based on his 2018 form, Salah should not be on the shortlist.

"When Kylian does what Cristiano did in Madrid, thinking only about scoring, then he will do the same".

"In front of goal in training, Kylian is not all that", Griezmann added.

"When we do finishing drills, he never wins".

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Victory in the Champions League for the third consecutive season and their players among the World Cup finalists in Russian Federation have resulted in the Spanish side being well represented. "I do not put myself in". Ultimately Lloris' inclusion on the list is due to the fact that he captained France to World Cup Glory in Russian Federation.

"We are world champions and part of the best team in the world", Griezmann said.

PSG's Mbappe appears a dead certainty for the newly-introduced Kopa Trophy, which rewards the best players under 21, and is voted on by previous Ballon d'Or winners. Messi has also won the award on five occasions.

Who do you think should win this year's Ballon d'Or? "Historically speaking, it is for the best of the best".

"There are only star players, only legends among the winners. It would be a dream to be considered an example to others".

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