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

But Griezmann is adamant a French player deserves the prize after winning football's premier trophy this summer.

The PSG forward was named the Golden Boy as France won the World Cup in July and has scored 10 goals in seven appearances for Paris Saint-Germain in all competitions this season, including four in the 5-0 victory against Lyon.

Back in May, Salah looked on course to be in contention for 2018's Ballon d'Or.

Griezmann, like Mbappe, is a candidate to win the Ballon d'Or and believes he is just as good as Ronaldo and Lionel Messi - much to the annoyance of Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos.

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The first five nominees revealed were Sergio Aguero, Alisson, Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema and Edinson Cavani.

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.

Roberto Firmino from Brazil, Liverpool and Diego Godin from Uruguay, Atletico Madrid.

France internationals Amandine Henry, Amel Majri and Wendie Renard are joined on the list by Germany's Dzsenifer Marozsan, England's Lucy Bronze, Ada Hegerberg of Norway and Japan defender Saki Kumagai. "He can play at any club in the world".

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.


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