Blaise Matuidi insists Cristiano Ronaldo deserves to win the Ballon d’Or

04 December, 2018, 00:17 | Author: Isabel Grant
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Sky Italia are reporting that Real Madrid's Croatian midfielder Luka Modric will take home the award, on the back of a Champions League winning season punctuated by an unlikely run to last summer's World Cup Final in Moscow.

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The 33-year-old beat Cristiano Ronaldo and Antoine Griezmann, who joined him on the podium, and has been the stand out player this year.

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. The other main contenders won just one or the other, or neither.

Lionel Messi, like Ronaldo, has won the honor on five occasions but is set to finish outside the top three. "I have sensational feelings in me at the moment which I find hard to describe".

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The victor of the 2018 Ballon d'Or has been leaked hours before the official ceremony.

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.

In September, Modric was handed the FIFA Men's Best Player award from FIFA president Gianni Infantino and the former Spurs midfielder has completed a stellar year by adding the most prestigious individual prize in football to his collection at a ceremony in Paris.

Varane played every minute of France's victorious World Cup campaign, even captaining the team in the draw with Denmark that ensured they topped the Group C, while he also later scored the crucial opening goal in the 2-0 quarter final win over Uruguay.

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

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