Lionel Messi vs Cristiano Ronaldo: Antoine Griezmann Ballon d’Or suggestion made

Lionel Messi vs Cristiano Ronaldo: Antoine Griezmann Ballon d’Or suggestion made

Javier Howell
October 11, 2018

Although Manchester United keeper David de Gea seems to have not been chosen in the shortlist for the footballing award.

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

Ronaldo, now facing allegations of rape dating back to 2009 that he strenuously denies, has already won the Ballon d'Or five times and is the current holder of the award.

The Tottenham striker captained England to their first World Cup semi-final in 28 years in Russian Federation this summer.

Courtois is included after a season in which he won the FA Cup with Chelsea and came third at the World Cup with Belgium - winning the Golden Glove - before he moved to Real Madrid.

Four other Premier League players have been named - Manchester City's Sergio Aguero and Kevin De Bruyne and Alisson and Roberto Firmino of Liverpool.

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Mbappe scored 21 goals for Paris Saint-Germain last season before starring in France's triumphant Russian Federation 2018 campaign, netting three times on their way to the final and then again in the 4-2 win over Croatia that sealed their second World Cup triumph.

Nonetheless, the mere inclusion in the 10-man list is likely to bring hype both to players who are already household names, like Borussia Dortmund's Christian Pulisic and Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold, and rising stars such as 17-year-old Brazilian prodigy Rodrygo.

Real Madrid have two players in the Ballon d'Or nominees - Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema while PSG star Edison Cavani become the final contender.

The award will be given on December.

Ronaldo played a key role in Real's Champions League triumph last season and scored a World Cup hat-trick for Portugal against Spain. "The Ballon d'Or must be won by a French player".