FULL LIST: How the players ranked in 2018 Ballon d’Or

06 December, 2018, 05:48 | Author: Greg Lawrence
  • Ballon d'Or: Luka Modric breaks decade of Ronaldo and Messi dominance

Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric has put a stop to Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo's stranglehold over the Ballon d'Or by clinching the highly-coveted award for 2018.

Is Modric a worthy victor? Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappe finished fourth to round out the top five. If the Bianconeri can break their jinx and win the Champions League then the little Argentine magician will definitely be in the reckoning to win the award.

Modric managed to win by a huge margin of 267 votes, but not every nation picked the 33-year-old at all let alone as their victor.

Has continued to play a chief role for Los Blancos despite poor start to campaign.

World Cup winners N'Golo Kante (11) and Paul Pogba (15) finished in the top 20 after being recognised for their performances in Russian Federation.

France Football magazine has been awarding the Ballon d'Or since 1956, and created a women's award for the first time this year.

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But Varane has played a crucial role in winning the two biggest trophies in world football in 2018 and if that isn't enough for a defender to get Ballon d'Or recognition, nothing will be.

The Croatian capped a successful year with the award after he won the Champions League and was a finalist in the 2018 World Cup. He scored a hat trick against Spain at the World Cup but he failed to make an impression when Portugal lost to Uruguay in the round of 16.

The award, which began in 1956, was selected by a panel of global journalists, which included just one representative from each country.

Harry Kane propped up the top ten while Kevin de Bruyne, Eden Hazard and Mohamed Salah also represented the Premier League ninth, eight and sixth respectively.

Speaking after picking up the award, Modric said: "It is a unique feeling". I can't find words.

Kylian Mbappe, who dazzled for France as Les Bleus triumphed in Russian Federation in the summer, won the newly-formed Kopa award for the best young player. "The Ballon d'Or was more than just a dream for me and it is really an honour and a privilege to hold this trophy". Maybe the European Cup is more important than the World Cup. The 19-year-old became the second-youngest to ever score in a World Cup final as he helped France to their second title this summer.

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