Ballon d’Or winners ‘leak’ shows Luka Modric first, Ronaldo second

From left to right- Luka Modric Ada Hegerberg and Kylian Mbappe

Real Madrid and Croatia midfielder Luka Modric won the 2018 Ballon d'Or, becoming the first player other than Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo to claim the award in more than a decade. FIFA's official YouTube channel might also show the live coverage of the Ballon d'Or ceremony.

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.

The rest of the top 10 was rounded out by Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain and France), Lionel Messi (Barcelona and Argentina), Mohamed Salah (Liverpool and Egypt), Raphael Varane (Real Madrid and France), Eden Hazard (Chelsea and Belgium), Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City and Belgium) and Harry Kane (Tottenham and England).

The award, which began in 1956, was selected by a panel of worldwide journalists, which included just one representative from each country.

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"It's a unique feeling".

Ronaldo, arguably the most famous name in world football, looks set to skip Monday night's ceremony in Paris, France, amid rumors that the Portuguese is going to come up short in the Ballon d'Or voting, the award for the best individual football player of the year. "I have sensational feelings in me at the moment which I find hard to describe".

France worldwide and Paris Saint-Germain striker Kylian Mbappe has won the inaugural Kopa Trophy for the best Under-21 player.

The teenage talent has enjoyed a sensational year, winning a plethora of domestic titles with the Parisians, as well as lifting the World Cup with Les Bleus in Russian Federation over the summer.

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According to Italian media, the Croatian playmaker makes a clean sweep of the awards this year winning both UEFA and FIFA's player of the year awards.

His incredible goal in the final even made him the second teenager in history to score in a World Cup final.

"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.

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