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Modric takes the Ballon d'Or from the grip of Cristiano and Messi

03 December 2018
Modric takes the Ballon d'Or from the grip of Cristiano and Messi

Here, FOX Sports Asia predicts the top 5 finishers in the 2018 Ballon d'Or race.

The suggestion is that Ronaldo and Lionel Messi may not even make the top three as a result of ordinary World Cup campaigns.

Juventus forward, Cristiano Ronaldo will not attend tonight's 2018 Ballon d'Or ceremony in Paris, France. From winning the Golden Boy award in 2017 to lifting the World Cup with France and now being in firm contention for the Ballon d'Or, Mbappe has already cemented his name as one of the top players in the world.

The World Cup in Russian Federation this summer has proved a strong influence as well as Modric's success with Real Madrid.

The Argentine superstar last won the Ballon d'Or in 2015 but has at least featured among the podium three in each of the last two years since his previous win.

Varane's performances too have been disappointing this season considering the standards he sets for himself.

On other hand, Griezmann helped his country to win the World Cup during the summer and won the Europa League and the Uefa Super Cup with Atletico Madrid.

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.

However, the Frenchman has not been the most consistent, with explosive performances coming in fits and starts.

A 30-man shortlist has been drawn up for the prize based on performances in 2018, with Croatia captain and Real Madrid Champions League victor Luka Modric the favourite to land the prize.

Croatian Luka Modric is widely tipped to win after a leaked report last week confirmed as much.