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Victor of 2018 Ballon d'Or revealed

04 December, 2018, 00:13 | Author: Lora Ball
  • Luka Modric becomes first Croatian to win prestigious Ballon d'Or

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.

Ronaldo, Juventus' new star asset, looks set to finish in second place with Atletico Madrid's French World Cup victor Antoine Griezmann taking third. FIFA's official YouTube channel might also show the live coverage of the Ballon d'Or ceremony.

With Cristiano Ronaldo drawing a blank against Valencia, Lionel Messi reduced the gap between first and second to 15 goals with a brilliant strike in Barcelona's 2-1 away to PSV Eindhoven.

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"It's a unique feeling". Croatia's Luka Modric and a few French World Cup winners will be hoping to finally end the 10-year duopoly of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. "I have sensational feelings in me at the moment which I find hard to describe".

Ronaldo's Ballon d'Or wins: 5.

Meanwhile, Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar, the world's most expensive player, dropped to 12th having been voted third best in last year's poll.

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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.

It is the first time in 10 years neither Ronaldo nor Messi has been recognised as the world's best player for France Football's acclaimed award.

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

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Among all the awards the victor of the women's Ballon d'Or was also announced, and Ada Hegerberg took the accolade after her performances for Lyon and Norway saw the former clinch the Champions League title. France's Kylian Mbappe is heavily favored to win the latter honor, while Americans Lindsey Horan and Megan Rapinoe are up for the women's award.

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