The 27-year-old enjoyed another fine campaign with Atletico - scoring 29 goals in 2017-18 as his team won the Europa League - while he netted four times to help France to the World Cup title.
Griezmann previously slammed the three-man shortlist for the The Best award - Ronaldo, Modric and Liverpool's Mohamed Salah - slating: "It's a Federation Internationale de Football Association award and there's no Frenchmen".More news: Iran refutes Saudi claim that can meet post-sanctions oil demand
Manchester City forward Sergio Aguero is nominated as is another prolific South American striker, Edinson Cavani of Uruguay and Paris Saint-Germain.
Ronaldo, now at Juventus, won the Champions League for the third season in a row with Madrid, while De Bruyne inspired Manchester City's Premier League and EFL Cup double before a strong World Cup showing.
The Tottenham striker captained England to their first World Cup semi-final in 28 years in Russian Federation this summer.More news: The Walking Dead Season 9 Premiere Ratings Lowest Since 2010
Antoine Griezmann, a World Cup victor with France and Europa League champion at Atletico Madrid, is nominated alongside global teammates, Chelsea midfielder N'Golo Kante, Manchester United's Paul Pogba and PSG's Kylian Mbappe.
Two goalkeepers are also among the first 15 - Thibaut Courtois of Belgium and Real Madrid and Liverpool and Brazil stopper Alisson Becker.
Other nominees are Pernille Harder, Lindsey Horan, Fran Kirby, Sam Kerr, Lieke Martens, Megan Rapinoe and Christine Sinclair.More news: Microsoft puts Windows 10 update on hold after file deletion reports
PSG's Mbappe appears a dead certainty for the newly-introduced Kopa Trophy, which rewards the best players under 21, and is voted on by previous Ballon d'Or winners.
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