According to several international sports media, Luka Modric gets the coveted Ballon d’Or tomorrow evening in Paris. Also, the numbers two and three would already be ‘leaked’: respectively Cristiano Ronaldo and Antoine Griezmann.
The two are said to have been so disappointed that they would not even be in Paris tomorrow, according to Sky Sport Italia.
Will not Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo go home for the first time since 2007, when Kaka went the longest, with the most famous individual trophy in football? According to several Spanish and Italian sources, it is Luka Modric who will see a strong 2018 rewarded.
The Croatian director won the Champions League with Real Madrid in five years and also excelled at the World Cup, where Croatia was badly put in the final by France. Modric won almost every individual trophy within this year: voted the best player of the World Cup and the best in 2018 for both UEFA and FIFA.
Also, the number two would already be known: Cristiano Ronaldo. He had reportedly said that if he did not win the Ballon d’Or, he would not go to Paris either. The same scenario as the end of August and the end of September. When Ronaldo also sent his cat to respectively Monte Carlo (UEFA Awards) and London (FIFA Awards). Despite the Portuguese in the first half of 2018 still played together with Modric at Real Madrid. Also, the French striker Griezmann, who won the Europa League and the European Supercup next to the World Cup with Atlético Madrid, seems to be disappointed.
Ronaldo and Messi won the Ballon d’Or five times after 2007 and Kaka. This year, a (less than for Messi) less World Cup seems to cost them the trophy. Both Argentina and Portugal were already in the eighth finals. Messi ends according to the forecasts for the first time since 2006 so not even in the top three. Modric, for his part, would become the first Balkan boy to bring the Ballon d’Or back home. In 1991, when Jean-Pierre Papin won. Dejan Savicevic and Darko Pancev (then both for Yugoslavia) finished in second place with Lothar Matthäus.
The ‘Kopa Trophy’ for the biggest talent (player under 21 years) goes to Mbappé. The Brazilian Marta is again voted best player.