Ronaldo and Messi have won the award between them for the last 10 years.
"For us, it was the best trophy you can win as a footballer".
Antoine Griezmann is one of the great favorites to take the prize due to his triumphs in the Europe League, the UEFA Super Cup title and, above all, the World Cup in Russian Federation, where he was one of the most outstanding players.
Sergio Aguero has been nominated for the Ballon d'Or.
Modric won the 2018 Federation Internationale de Football Association men's award last month, while the women's award went to Brazil forward Marta, another Women's Ballon d'Or award nominee.More news: Lewis Hamilton roars to Japanese GP pole, horror run for Vettel
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Salah enjoyed one of the finest debut campaigns in Reds history with 44 goals after signing from Roma in 2017, including a record tally of 32 in a 38-game Premier League season.
England only have one representative on the list in Harry Kane while Gareth Bale is also among the nominees.
Roberto Firmino from Brazil, Liverpool and Diego Godin from Uruguay, Atletico Madrid.
The 33-year-old forward, who ended his nine-season stay at Real Madrid by moving to Juventus for £99million in the summer, is a five-time victor of the award.
Other nominees are Pernille Harder, Lindsey Horan, Fran Kirby, Sam Kerr, Lieke Martens, Megan Rapinoe and Christine Sinclair.
The award will be given on December.