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Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mané, N'golo Kanté & More Nominated For Ballon d'Or 2018

Here are the full lists of nominees for the men's Ballon d'Or and the inaugural women's trophy.

Egyptian striker Mohamed Salah, who had a record breaking season with Liverpool last year and brought Egypt to their first World Cup in 28 years, has been nominated for this year's prestigious Ballon d'Or award, one of soccer's highest individual honors.

Senegalese Sadio Mané has also earned a nod for the Ballon d'Or. The winger played a vital role in Liverpool's season and led Senegal during the World Cup. Both Mané and Salah were easily two of the 10 Best African Players at the World Cup.

They're both joined by a number of World Cup-winning players from the France team including N'golo Kanté, Kylian Mbappé, Paul Pogba, and more.

The list also includes other top contenders like Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Luka Modric, Harry Kane, Gareth Bale and several others.

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The Rise of the New Egyptian King, Mohamed Salah

How Mohamed Salah brought Egypt to its first World Cup in 28 years.

When Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos brought down Liverpool's Mohamed Salah during this year's Champions League final in Kiev, it wasn't only Reds fans who feared the worst. Salah, a revelation this season for the English club, but a long-time favorite in his native Egypt, walked off from that match in tears and in a lot of pain, and it looked like he could miss the World Cup.

It would have been a tragedy for Egyptian fans, who had waited for 28 years to return to a World Cup, only to see that the star that finally led their team back to the world stage would risk sitting out from the tournament. And it would have been a tragedy for many neutral fans, who would miss one of the most exciting and explosive players right now performing at the most popular sporting event in the world.

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