Cristiano Ronaldo in contention for third successive Ballon d'Or

The 30-man shortlist for this year's Ballon d'Or award is being revealed today

Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale is among the early nominees for the Men's Ballon d'Or award as France Football release their list of 30 at staggered intervals throughout the day.

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

"I can't designate one [to win it]".

Click through the mini-gallery above to see Pogba's 2018 Ballon d'Or favourites.

Salah enjoyed one of the finest debut campaigns in Reds history with 44 goals after signing from Roma in 2017, including a record tally of 32 in a 38-game Premier League season.

The Atletico forward also added just how much it would mean to him if he were to win football's most prestigious individual award later in the year, stating: "For me, it's a dream". I do not put myself in, " Pogba told AFP according to Daily Star UK.

Despite those strong candidates in the running, Griezmann is adamant that the Ballon d'Or should be given to a French footballer in recognition of the country's achievements over the summer.

"In any case, that is how I see it".

The two Ballon d'Or Awards will be decided by an worldwide jury of journalists, with AS editor Alfredo Relaño again casting Spain's vote this year.

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. Apart from that, it is a question of votes, opinions and different judgements.

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

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