Ballon d'Or 2018 award ceremony

Ballon d'Or 2018 award ceremony

Like Griezmann, the 19-year-old played a crucial role in France's World Cup winning team in Russian Federation, having scored 4 goals (including one in the finals) to win him the competition's Young Player Award.

He then followed that up by captaining Croatia to the World Cup final for the first time in their history - deservedly winning the Golden Ball for the tournament thanks to his incredible displays in the middle of the park.

Atletico Madrid and France star, Antoine Griezmann, has been pegged to be one of the favourites for the Ballon d'Or, and was recently tipped by a Spanish radio show to finish in the top three.

Modric also received the best men's player prize at the FIFA Best awards in September.

Ronaldo had won the previous two Ballon d'Or trophies but his exploits for club and country were not enough for him to win an unprecedented sixth title.

Despite helping Barcelona canter to a domestic double last term, Lionel Messi could only muster a fifth place finish, his lowest ever finish since 2006 some 12 years ago, as Argentina crash out of the World Cup in the Round of 16.

Speaking after picking up the award, Modric said: "It is a unique feeling".




Ronaldo however will not be at Monday evening's gala as he has already been informed that he is not the victor.

The teenage talent has enjoyed a sensational year, winning a plethora of domestic titles with the Parisians, as well as lifting the World Cup with Les Bleus in Russian Federation over the summer.

Buoyed by his home country's FIFA World Cup win in Russian Federation where he won the Man of the Match award for his goal-scoring exploits in the competition's final game, the forward has made the list of very few players who could actually win the award.

The Portuguese superstar also equalled a 61-year-old Juve record.

AS has obtained the list which displays the winners hours before the actual announcement is set to take place.

Messi's Ballon d'Or wins: 5.

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