"There is a difference between [Gareth] Bale and Cristiano, who has made the difference for the last 10 years".
Back in May, Salah looked on course to be in contention for 2018's Ballon d'Or. Kylian Mbappe, the Paris Saint-Germain striker who burst onto the global scene with his performances as France won the World Cup, is the favourite.
Courtois is included after a season in which he won the FA Cup with Chelsea and came third at the World Cup with Belgium - winning the Golden Glove - before he moved to Real Madrid.
Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne has had a terrific season for the club.
Another man on the list who was part of Real's Champions League success is Luka Modric, who went on to lead Croatia on their run to the World Cup final.
There will be 30 players on the long list and City fans will be keeping fingers crossed that one or two more of our players will make the nominations list.
England only have one representative on the list in Harry Kane while Gareth Bale is also among the nominees.
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Library will celebrate World Mental Health Day 2018 and promote awareness of mental health issues on Wednesday, October 10. The research found a further 43% said they had considered leaving a job due to stress or mental health issues.
Federation Internationale de Football Association are releasing the full 30-man shortlist throughout Monday names are released in alphabetical order with the likes of Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Luka Modric expected to make the shortlist.
The winners of the prestigious men's and women's awards will be announced at a ceremony in Paris on December 3 in Paris.
In another first, the best under-21 player will receive the Kopa Trophy.
Five-time victor Cristiano Ronaldo, Luka Modric and Antoine Griezmann lead the shortlist for football's most prestigious individual prize, while Kylian Mbappe is the standout in the race for the new Kopa Trophy for young players.
For six years it combined with world football's governing body to become the Fifa Ballon d'Or.