Cristiano Ronaldo in contention for third successive Ballon d'Or

Cristiano Ronaldo in contention for third successive Ballon d'Or

Ronaldo won the award past year.

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

The 26-year-old broke the record of scoring the most goals in a 38-game Premier League campaign, last season, beating Tottenham Hotspur forward Harry Kane to the Golden Boot award with 32 goals for his club.

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

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

Antoine Griezmann, Kylian Mbappe, Raphael Varane and N'Golo Kante also played starring roles in France's World Cup triumph and the Manchester United midfielder has indicated that he'd be happy for any of them to be named the world's best player ahead of him.

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Real Madrid midfielder Isco, Liverpool's Brazilian Roberto Firmino and Uruguay's rugged defender Diego Godin of Atletico Madrid also got the nod.

The City striker is among the first five names to be revealed by France Football, along with Edinson Cavani, Alisson Becker, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema.

Also making the cut are Juve's Mario Mandzukic and Liverpool's Sadio Mane, while Barcelona are also represented by Croat defender Ivan Rakitic.

The ceremony to announce the victor will take place in Paris on 3 December, when a women's award will be presented for the first time.

This award runs alongside FIFA's The Best, which was won by Luka Modric in September.

Kylian Mbappe is third-favourite after winning the World Cup with France at the age of 19, with 6-1 odds.

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