Antoine Griezmann insists Ballon d'Or should go to a France player

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"For us, it was the best trophy you can win as a footballer".

The 25-year-old was part of France's World Cup winning team, scoring a goal in the final against Croatia.

Earlier, NAIJ.com had reported how Manchester United star Paul Pogba joined Brazilian football star Neymar and 28 other football stars in the 30 man nominees for the 2018 Ballon d'Or award.

Since Kaka won the award in 2007, the Ballon d'Or has been won by either Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo every year since.

The Ballon d'Or is separate from FIFA's own world player of the year awards, which was won by Real Madrid's Croatian midfielder Luka Modric.

The 25-year-old played a big role in France's World Cup-winning campaign in Russian Federation, scoring in Les Bleus' 4-2 win over Croatia in the final.

Kevin De Bruyne was nominated for helping Manchester City win the Premier League and Belgium reach the World Cup semi-finals while Salah enjoyed a breathtaking first season with Liverpool, bagging 32 goals in the Premier League.

The winners will be announced at a ceremony in Paris on Monday December 3, with television coverage from 20:45 CET.

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.

The 33-year-old forward, who ended his nine-season stay at Real Madrid by moving to Juventus for £99million in the summer, is a five-time victor of the award.

Men's shortlist so far: are Sergio Aguero from Argentina, Manchester City; Alisson Becker from Brazil, Liverpool; Gareth Bale from Wales, Real Madrid; Karim Benzema from France, Real Madrid.

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