Mbappe Names His Five Ballon d'Or Favourites, Snubs Messi

Mbappe Names His Five Ballon d'Or Favourites, Snubs Messi

It may be third time lucky for one of his rivals, including the likes of Antoine Griezmann, Kylian Mbappe, Luka Modric or Eden Hazard after they shone in Russian Federation.

As France won their second World Cup, 20 years after their first triumph, Mbappe harrowed every defence he faced and grabbed the attention of the world with his speed and skills.

Neymar finished third in the voting past year, but despite winning three domestic trophies with Paris Saint-Germain after leaving Barcelona, an underwhelming World Cup performance on his return from a fractured foot saw the Brazilian superstar omitted.

Premier League's top scorer for the 2017-18 season, Mohamed Salah also finds himself in the list along with Premier League victor Kevin de Bruyne who also played a crucial role in Belgium finishing third in the World Cup.

The winners announced in London on September 24 are voted by national coaches and captains, plus media from Fifa's 211 member countries, and fans voting online.

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Since the split from France Football, Ronaldo has won the 2016 and 2017 edition of the prestigious title - which is now known as The Best FIFA Men's Player, while France Football continues to hand out the Ballon d'Or.

The rest of the 10-man shortlist is made up of two more French World Cup winners (Antoine Griezmann and Raphael Varane), Belgian duo Eden Hazard and Kevin de Bruyne, Liverpool's Egyptian forward Mohamed Salah and English striker Harry Kane. Three finalists will be announced before the ceremony.

France coach Didier Deschamps and former Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane head the nominees for the men's coach of the year award. Well FIFA have a very literal award to decide who it is and Cristiano Ronaldo is once again in the running, as the only man who's won it before.

Zlatko Dalic was recognised after Croatia's shock run to the final, while Gareth Southgate and Roberto Martinez were also among the nominees, having respectively led England and Belgium to the last four.

The other nominees are: Massimiliano Allegri (Juventus), Juergen Klopp (Liverpool), Diego Simeone (Atletico Madrid), Ernesto Valverde (Barcelona). The nominations include Sarina Wiegman, the 2017 victor who coaches the Netherlands, and Asako Takakura, who coached Japan to theWomen's Asian Cup title.

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Brazilian defender Dante said he wasn't good on a "human level". "The scouting department are always looking for players in all positions".

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