Published: Wed, October 10, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Pogba On 4 Stars Who Deserve Ballon d'Or, Snubs Messi & Ronaldo

Pogba On 4 Stars Who Deserve Ballon d'Or, Snubs Messi & Ronaldo

The names are released in groups of five throughout the day, with the full 30-player shortlist eventually being drawn up ahead of the awards ceremony in Paris on 3 December.

The 26-year-old also failed to win any silverware in the last 12 months, which makes his reason for inclusion even more questionable.

Ronaldo won the award previous year.

Five-time victor Cristiano Ronaldo, Luka Modric and Antoine Griezmann lead the shortlist for football's most prestigious individual prize, while Kylian Mbappe is the standout in the race for the new Kopa Trophy for young players.

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Real Madrid and Wales forward Gareth Bale is among the nominees for this year's men's Ballon d'Or award.

During the turn of the decade FIFA and Ballon d'Or merged together and was presented as one prestigious award but that association came to an end in 2016.

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. Historically, the Ballon d'Or is the best of the best.

Liverpool's Brazilian forward Roberto Firmino and Uruguay's rugged defender Diego Godin of Atletico Madrid also got the nod.

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In another first, the best under-21 player will receive the Kopa Trophy.

The Manchester United midfielder was named on the 30-man shortlist for the award for the best player of the year, with the victor to be announced in Paris on December 3.

Paris Saint-Germain wonderkid Kylian Mbappe is playing like Cristiano Ronaldo during his time at Manchester United, according to France teammate Antoine Griezmann.

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