The award is Europe’s highest and oldest honor, and has been presented by France Football every year since 1956.
France Football’s thirty-man nominee list includes – 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, and Raphael Varane.
Here, we take a look at the top 3 Ballon d’Or potential winners picked by some of the best in football.
#1 Eden Hazard
In a recent interview, Hazard said,
“I don’t think I’m going to win it.”
“In my opinion, Modric deserves it. There are three to four players. I could say Raphael Varane because he won a lot too”
“I could deserve it too, lets not lie. But seriously, I think that Modric will win it.”
#2 Neymar Jr
Brazilian superstar Neymar Jr has ruled himself out of the running for this year’s Ballon d’Or award.
The Paris Saint-Germain forward came third in the 2015 and 2017 editions of the award.
When asked who he thought would win the award, Neymar told AS,
“I would say, Ronaldo, Messi and Mbappe”
“My son loves Mbappe a lot. I took him to training and he was talking about Kylian all the time”
#3 Sergio Ramos
Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos has had his pick on the top three players who deserve the prestigious award.
Speaking of the award, Ramos said,
“Looking at the level of the players, you could give the Ballon d’Or to Messi, Cris or Luka, all of them would be just winners”
Ramos was recently voted for the ninth time in FIFA’s best XI equaling Andres Iniesta as the Spanish player who has achieved the feat the most times.
Speaking of the achievement, he said,
#4 Paul Pogba
The Manchester United man has admitted that he does not deserve the award and echoed the sentiments of his France teammate Antoine Griezmann when he insisted that it should go to one of his international teammates after France lifted the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
Speaking to AFP, he said,
“I cannot designate one. But I hope with all my heart that it will be one of the three”
Speaking of the award, Griezmann famously said,
“We are world champions, we’re part of the best team in the world”
“In this best team in the world, there must be the best player in the world, right?”
“But I think that a Frenchman must win the Ballon d’Or this year”
#5 Kylian Mbappe
Kylian M’bappe has completely snubbed Argentine ace Lionel Messi to pick Paris Saint-Germain teammate Neymar, Juventus man Cristiano Ronaldo, Luka Modric, and Raphael Varane as his top four.
“To complete, I think I would put myself too”
With the goals, the youngster became the first player to reach the 10 goal mark for Les Bleus before turning 20.