Published: Tue, December 04, 2018
Sport | By Tony Jimenez

Ballon d’Or 2018: Hours before ceremony, official victor leaked

Ballon d’Or 2018: Hours before ceremony, official victor leaked

The winner, as has been rumoured for days, is somewhat controversially Real Madrid's Luka Modric, who is the clear victor ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo and World Cup winner Antoine Griezmann.

Croatia midfielder Luka Modric will reportedly emerge victor of 2018 Ballon d'Or award, according to reports. FIFA's official YouTube channel might also show the live coverage of the Ballon d'Or ceremony.

The ex-Real Madrid ace, who move to Juventus in the summer, bagged the Old Lady's second goal in their 3-0 win over Fiorentina this weekend.

But Varane has played a crucial role in winning the two biggest trophies in world football in 2018 and if that isn't enough for a defender to get Ballon d'Or recognition, nothing will be.

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

This year, Barcelona's Messi is not even in the top three. "I have sensational feelings in me at the moment which I find hard to describe".

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.

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

Ahead of the Monday gala, that will reveal the victor of the 2018 Ballon d'Or in Paris, it has been leaked that Real Madrid midfielder, Luka Modric will come first.

The 23-year-old won the Ballon d'Or Feminin in fine style and was joined on stage by a number of her team-mates including England star Lucy Bronze, as she made an inspirational and powerful speech asking for "every young woman to believe in themselves".

Voting for the Ballon d'Or is conducted by an worldwide panel of journalists who selected the victor from a list of 30 candidates.

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