Modric reportedly wins Ballon d'Or as Ronaldo and Griezmann come 2nd & 3rd

From left to right- Luka Modric Ada Hegerberg and Kylian Mbappe

Handed out by the prestigious France Football magazine, Modric is the first player from Croatia to win the Ballon d'Or, which was first awarded in 1956.

The Croatian midfielder also played a key role in helping Real Madrid win a third consecutive UEFA Champions League title.

The ex-Real Madrid ace, who move to Juventus in the summer, bagged the Old Lady's second goal in their 3-0 win over Fiorentina this weekend. FIFA's official YouTube channel might also show the live coverage of the Ballon d'Or ceremony.

Barcelona forward Messi finished fifth, with Atletico Madrid frontman Antoine Griezmann and PSG attacker Kylian Mbappe - both of whom won the World Cup with France - third and fourth respectively.

This means that the 33-year-old playmaker will break the dominance of Lionel Messi and Ronaldo in the last decade.




"It's a unique feeling".

In September, Modric claimed FIFA's The Best award given to the world's top player, a prize which Messi and Ronaldo had not lost since 2008. "I have sensational feelings in me at the moment which I find hard to describe".

Ahead of the Monday gala, that will reveal the victor of the 2018 Ballon d'Or in Paris, it has been leaked that Real Madrid midfielder, Luka Modric will come first.

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.

Real Madrid's Thibaut Courtois, formerly of Chelsea, was the highest-ranked goalkeeper in this year's Ballon d'Or list in 14th, while his former Blues teammate N'Golo Kanté took 11th place. Canadian forward Christine Sinclair was one of 15 players up for the women's Ballon d'Or, which was won by Norway's Ada Hegerberg.

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