France Football remove Ballon d’Or fan poll after Lionel Messi and Mohamed Salah take nearly all the votes

The publication wanted to provide their readers with the chance to say who they think should win the prestigious award following the announcement of the 30-man shortlist.

Over 700,000 people cast their opinions but only two names were of interest.

Liverpool ace Salah, who scored 42 goals in both the Premier League and Champions League last season, took over 50 per cent of the votes after the first 250,000 people had their say.

Messi, a five-time Ballon d'Or winner would soon surpass his total and would end the poll on top when France Football decided to pull the plug.

After 704,396 votes, the Barcelona superstar took 48 per cent of the votes with Salah receiving 31 per cent.

The nominees: Who are the 30 players up for the 2018 Ballon d'Or

Sergio Aguero (Man City & Argentina)

Alisson Becker (Liverpool/Roma & Brazil)

Gareth Bale (Real Madrid & Wales)

Karim Benzema (Real Madrid & France)

Edinson Cavani (PSG & Uruguay)

Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea/Real Madrid & Belgium)

Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid/Juventus & Portugal)

Kevin De Bruyne (Man City & Belgium)

Roberto Firmino (Liverpool & Brazil)

Diego Godin (Atletico Madrid & Uruguay)

Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid & France)

Eden Hazard (Chelsea & Belgium)

Isco (Real Madrid & Spain)

Harry Kane (Tottenham & England)

N'Golo Kante (Chelsea & France)

Hugo Lloris (Tottenham & France)

Mario Mandzukic (Juventus & Croatia) 

Sadio Mane (Liverpool & Senegal)

Marcelo (Real Madrid & Brazil)

Kylian Mbappe (PSG & France)

Lionel Messi (Barcelona & Argentina)

Luka Modric (Real Madrid & Croatia)

Neymar (PSG & Brazil)

Jan Oblak (Atletico Madrid & Slovenia)

Paul Pogba (Man United & France)

Ivan Rakitic (Barcelona & Croatia)

Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid & Spain)

Mohamed Salah (Liverpool & Egypt)

Luis Suarez (Barcelona & Uruguay)

Raphael Varane (Real Madrid & France)


In comparison Cristiano Ronaldo received just eight per cent.

Ballon d'Or favourite Luka Modric had just two per cent alongside Kylian Mbappe and Neymar.

The winner of the famous award is decided by journalists worldwide who cast their votes on who they think should finish first, second and third.

Modric helped Real Madrid win the Champions League and led Croatia to the World Cup final in a stunning 2018.

La Liga, as expected, dominated the list with 14 stars, while the Premier League boasted a further 11.

Meanwhile, no fewer than SEVEN French World Cup winners made the list, including Mbappe and Paul Pogba.

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