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Embattled Ronaldo nominated for Ballon d’Or, but Modric now bookies’ favorite

Embattled Ronaldo nominated for Ballon d’Or, but Modric now bookies’ favorite

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.

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.

However, the Manchester United man believes he should not win the Ballon d'Or ahead of his worldwide team-mates.

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Federation Internationale de Football Association split from the Ballon d'Or in 2016 to launch its own set of awards.

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.




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

Sergio Aguero has been nominated for the Ballon d'Or.

Liverpool's Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson Becker, Frenchman Karim Benzema and Edinson Cavani completes the five-man list.

In another first, the best under-21 player will receive the Kopa Trophy.

Specialist magazine France Football, which has awarded the prize since 1956, announced the 30 nominees for the calendar year trophy, among whom a victor will be chosen by a group of respected football journalists from around the world.