Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has admitted that there are other players in the 30-man Ballon d’Or list who deserve the award more than the midfielder.
The announcement of the best player of the year is scheduled for December 3 in Paris and Pogba was named in the list, which also includes the like of his national/World Cup winning teammates Antoine Griezmann, Kylian Mbappe, Raphael Varane and N’Golo Kante. There are as many as seven French players in the list, including the likes of Hugo Lloris and Karim Benzema. And speaking to the media, Pogba admitted these aforementioned deserve this award more than him.
“Whether it’s Grizou (Griezmann), Kylian (Mbappe) or Raph’ (Varane), they deserve it much more than me,” Pogba told AFP.
“I can not designate one. But I hope with all my heart that this is one of the three.
“One of the four also because there is NG (Kante). That’s all I hope for anyway because there are many who deserve it. I do not put myself in.”
Ever since 2008, either Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi have been bringing home this glorious trophy, but as things stand this year, apart from these two sporting legends, Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah as well as Real Madrid’s Luka Modric have been termed as the favourites.
Here is the complete 30-man list for the 2018 Ballon d’Or:
|S. No.||Player Name||Position||Country||Club|
|1||Sergio Aguero||Forward||Argentina||Manchester City|
|3||Gareth Bale||Forward||Wales||Real Madrid|
|4||Karim Benzema||Forward||France||Real Madrid|
|5||Kevin de Bruyne||Midfielder||Belgium||Manchester City|
|6||Edinson Cavani||Forward||Uruguay||Paris St-Germain|
|7||Thibaut Courtois||Goalkeeper||Belgium||Real Madrid|
|9||Diego Godin||Defender||Uruguay||Atletico Madrid|
|10||Antoine Griezmann||Forward||France||Atletico Madrid|
|19||Kylian Mbappe||Forward||France||Paris St-Germain|
|21||Luka Modric||Midfielder||Croatia||Real Madrid|
|23||Jan Oblak||Goalkeeper||Slovenia||Atletico Madrid|
|24||Paul Pogba||Midfielder||France||Manchester United|
|27||Sergio Ramos||Defender||Spain||Real Madrid|
|30||Raphael Varane||Defender||France||Real Madrid|