Ballon d'Or: Gareth Bale among first five nominees to be announced

They are joined by Mbappe's France team-mates Hugo Lloris, Paul Pogba and Raphael Varane, as well as Croatia star Luka Modric, who won the World Cup Golden Ball.

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

Despite Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Luka Modric, who won the Golden Ball in the World Cup, and was also voted as FIFA's best player last month, Griezmann remained adamant that a France global should be given Ballon d'Or.

The list is compiled by the editorial staff of France Football magazine following which journalists from all over the world vote for the best player in the world.

Ronaldo played a key role in Real's Champions League triumph last season and scored a World Cup hat-trick for Portugal against Spain.

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

The teenager is also on the 10-player shortlist for the inaugural Kopa Trophy, a new prize for the best player under 21, which is judged by stars including Cristiano Ronaldo and Messi.

The victor will be announced in Paris on 3 December with a women's victor awarded for the first time.

Having finished third in 2016, Griezmann, who won the Europa League last term with Atletico as well as lifting the World Cup with France over the summer.

He said: 'For me, it's a dream.

Real Madrid and Wales forward Gareth Bale and Manchester City's Belgium midfielder Kevin De Bruyne were among the first 15 nominees for the Ballon d'Or award announced on Monday. "It would be a dream to be considered an example to others".

  • Angelo Rivera