Ballon d'Or: Luka Modric ends dominance of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo

04 December, 2018, 00:14 | Author: Nicole Aguilar
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The Ballon d'Or, though, will be the single greatest achievement of the 33-year-old's career, and even more impressive to wrestle it from the grasp of the two most successful players in the award's history.

"There is only one player that has won the Champions League and the World Cup and he is called Varane", three-time Ballon d'Or victor Michel Platini said last month.

For the last ten years, the Ballon d'Or has been dominated by Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo with the pair winning it a record five times each.

It is unlikely that Modric's impending win will be the birth of a new generation of Ballon d'Or winners just yet, with Ronaldo and Messi still turning in good performances for the clubs and the likes of Neymar, Mbappe and others knocking on the door, but it is a fitting tribute to a dynamically talented player who for too long stood in the shadows of his big-name contemporaries.

The Frenchman finished third in the race for the award in 2016, and may be set for a better ranking this time around. France won 4-2, but Modric was named the tournament MVP.

The Madrid number 10 has won it all this year, including the best player of last season's Champions League and FIFA's The Best award, which had only previously been won by Cristiano Ronaldo.

Messi guides Barca to top Champions League group
Spurs will need to match or better Inter's result against PSV in their clash with the Spanish giants to progress to the round of 16.

Liverpool's Mohamed Salah - who became the Premier League's all-time goalscorer for a 38 game season - was also in serious contention after his goalscoring form helped the Reds reach the Champions League final, as was Spurs striker Harry Kane, who won the Golden Boot at the World Cup.

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.

He was previously named UEFA and Federation Internationale de Football Association player of the year.

Messi's Ballon d'Or wins: 5.

France Football, which hands out the Ballon d'Or, and FIFA combined their awards to create the FIFA Ballon d'Or in 2010.

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