Ballon d’Or: Full list announced with Ronaldo, Messi, Salah, Modric among contenders

The Ballon d’Or list for 2018 was unveiled on Monday with a host of top talents set to battle it out for the award.

Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, and Mohamed Salah were all included in the top 30 list.

The nominations for the Ballon d’Or sees a list of the 30 best footballers on the planet created by France Football. Real Madrid’s Luke Modric is in the running to be named the Ballon d’Or winner for 2018 after winning the FIFA Best award.

It all kicked off on Monday with the players being announced in batches of five at a time and you can see how it unfolded below.

Ballon d’Or RECAP

30/30 names released

Sergio Aguero, Alisson Becker, Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema, Edinson Cavani

Thibaut Courtois, Cristiano Ronaldo, Kevin De Bruyne, Roberto Firmino, Diego Godin

Antoine Griezmann, Eden Hazard, Isco, Harry Kane, N’Golo Kante

Hugo Lloris, Mario Mandzukic, Sadio Mane, Marcelo, Kylian Mbappe

Lionel Messi, Luka Modric, Neymar, Jan Oblak, Paul Pogba

Ivan Rakitic, Sergio Ramos, Mohamed Salah, Luis Suarez, Raphael Varane

Final names announced

There we have it, the 30-man shortlist for this year’s Ballon d’Or award is complete.

Ivan Rakitic is on there having shone for Barcelona and starred in Croatia’s shock run to the World Cup final this year.

Sergio Ramos has been selected too, alongside the man he infamously clashed with as Real Madrid beat Liverpool in May’s Champions League final: Mohamed Salah.

Barcelona and Uruguay forward Luis Suarez is in the mix as well, as is Champions League and World Cup winner Raphael Varane of Real Madrid.

Messi up for a sixth Ballon d’Or

No prizes for guessing Lionel Messi was going to be in the running for football’s top individual gong.

The Barcelona star joins a whole host of top talent on the shortlist and is followed by FIFA Best Men’s Player Luka Modric, as well as former Nou Camp team-mate Neymar.

Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak is there too, as well as – and this is a surprise, despite his efforts as France won the World Cup – Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba

Mbappe on Ballon d’Or list

Kylian Mbappe, unsurprisingly, has also been named as a nominee for the Ballon d’Or having earlier found himself on the Kopa Trophy shortlist.

Two more Premier Leaue players have also made the cut with Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris and Liverpool’s Sadio Mane announced.

Real Madrid defender Marcelo and Juventus forward Mario Mandzukic have also been included.

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