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

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

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.

Juventus and Portugal star Cristiano Ronaldo finished second in voting.

And his second goal put him ahead of Arsenal legend Thierry Henry into sixth place in the all-time standings - with the Monaco manager's week getting worse when his side lost 2-0 to Atletico Madrid the following day.

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 last player to win the prize apart from Messi and Ronaldo, was Kaka in December 2007.




The 2018 Ballon d'Or will be awarded on Monday, and for the first time in a decade, it might go to a new player. The two parted ways in 2016 and have given out separate awards since.

Real Madrid ace Luka Modric is the bookies' hot favourite to secure glory after he helped guide Croatia to the World Cup final in Russian Federation.

There has been much less talk about Raphael Varane, a player whose achievements in 2018 arguably make him more deserving of the ultimate individual recognition than anyone else. 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.

Victory caps a stellar year for Modric, who also was named the world's top male player at the Best Fifa Football Awards and received the Golden Ball award for the best player at the World Cup.

As FIFA president Gianni Infantino said recently: "You could give the Ballon d'Or to half the France team for what they did at the World Cup".

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