Every Ballon d'Or since 2008 has been won by either Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi and the pair are both among the favourites again this year.
The 30-man shortlist for the annual award is separate from FIFA's The Best award, which was won by Luka Modric.
Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann, two key members of the France national team that sailed to their second-ever World Cup trophy are also likely to finish with high tallies, as are Eden Hazard and Kevin de Bruyne, members of Belgium's star-studded side that came third at Russian Federation 2018.
The likes of Paul Pogba, N'Golo Kante, Kylian Mbappe and Raphael Varane all gave strong performances in Russian Federation, but Griezmann appears to be the leading French candidate for the prize.
Antoine Griezmann, a World Cup victor with France and Europa League champion at Atletico Madrid, is nominated alongside global teammate and Chelsea midfielder N'Golo Kante.
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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.
Mbappe scored four times in 13 minutes on Sunday but also missed a number of chances, which does not surprise Griezmann. That's all I hope for anyway, because there are many who deserve it. Afterwards, there are votes, opinions, different judgements.
The Ballon d'Or has been awarded by France Football every year since 1956, with former England global Sir Stanley Matthews the first victor.
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