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For the first time ever, France Football is giving out a women's Ballon d'Or, with Germany's Dzsenifer Marozsan and Brazilian Marta among the top names in the running.

Antoine Griezmann is one of the great favorites to take the prize due to his triumphs in the Europe League, the UEFA Super Cup title and, above all, the World Cup in Russian Federation, where he was one of the most outstanding players.

Mbappe, 19, made no secret in the past that he idolises five-time Ballon d'Or victor Ronaldo and his meteoric rise has as a teenage World Cup victor suggests he may enjoy a similar trophy-laden path.

Atletico Madrid attacker Antoine Griezmann says the Ballon d'Or should go to a French player this year.

Paul Pogba might have struggled to replicate his World Cup form with Manchester United, but the French midfielder's performances in Russian Federation mean he has also made the shortlist. The victor of the prestigious Ballon d'Or organised by France Football magazine will be announced on December 3.

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The Croatian had a stellar year, leading his country to an unlikely World Cup final while also winning a third-consecutive Champions League title.

"The best team in the world surely possesses the best player, right?"

The Ballon d'Or, which was first won by Englishman Stanley Matthews in 1956, is decided by a ballot of journalists from around the world.

At Fifa's awards in September, Croatia and Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric was named the world's best male player, while Brazil and Orlando Pride forward Marta won the best female player award.

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