Wednesday, 12 December, 2018

Ballon d’Or winners ‘leak’ shows Luka Modric first, Ronaldo second

From left to right- Luka Modric Ada Hegerberg and Kylian Mbappe Champions League all-time top scorers: Lionel Messi and Robert Lewandowski add to tallies | Daily Star
Rita Gibson | 03 December, 2018, 18:30

Now the front-runners for the award are Cristiano Ronaldo, Luka Modric & Lionel Messi, however, on Monday evening we will be able to see who has won out from the Nominees announced by publication France Football.

Other than the duopoly, no other Ballon d'Or victor is still playing given that Kaka retired a year ago. All three awards will be decided in exactly the same way.

Modric has had a tremendous year for both club and country as he won the UEFA Champions League for a record third straight season with Real Madrid before going on to finish runners-up in the FIFA World Cup with Croatia.

However, you can not look past a Champions League winner's medal and a World Cup triumph, two tournaments in which Varane played a leading role.

Few weeks after winning the Federation Internationale de Football Association best men's player prize for helping his national team reach their first ever World Cup final in Russia. The striker has shown no signs of slowing down either, scoring 11 goals in just 18 appearances so far for the Bianconeri.

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The other primary candidates for the award are Kylian Mbappé - who may have to settle for the inaugural Kopa Award as the best under-21 player of the year - Ronaldo and Antoine Griezmann, who is tipped to come third and has not yet announced if he will attend the ceremony or not.

While Messi has had a tremendous season himself, leading Barcelona to a domestic double (La Liga and Copa Del Rey), Argentina's failure in the World Cup has set him back.

French news outlet L'Equipe's dedicated TV channel will be screening all the coverage.

With five Ballon d'Ors each, their domination began in 2008 with the Portuguese attacker winning as a Manchester United player.

But who do you think should win the award?

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