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Griezmann admitted that he would love to win himself and join the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in the hall of fame.

The last player to win the trophy before Ronaldo and Messi took over was Kaka in 2007.

Pogba was named on the 30-man shortlist for the award earlier this week after helping France to World Cup glory in Russian Federation in the summer.

The Ballon d'Or has been awarded by France Football every year since 1956, with former England worldwide Sir Stanley Matthews the first victor.

Cristiano Ronaldo is in contention to retain the Ballon d'Or for the third successive year after being named on the 30-man shortlist.

Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann, two key members of the France national team that sailed to their second-ever World Cup trophy are also likely to finish with high tallies, as are Eden Hazard and Kevin de Bruyne, members of Belgium's star-studded side that came third at Russian Federation 2018.

Salah's nomination was no surprise after his incredible debut season with Liverpool last term, as he scored 44 goals in all competitions, 32 of which were scored in the Premier League, making him the leagues top scorer.

England only have one representative on the list in Harry Kane while Gareth Bale is also among the nominees.

Liverpool's Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson Becker, Frenchman Karim Benzema and Edinson Cavani completes the five-man list.

The ceremony to announce the victor will take place in Paris on 3 December, when a women's award will also be presented for the first time.

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.

Other nominees are Pernille Harder, Lindsey Horan, Fran Kirby, Sam Kerr, Lieke Martens, Megan Rapinoe and Christine Sinclair.

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