The winner of the Ballon d’or, the world’s most prestigious individual voetbalprijs, is known. Luka Modric is according to France Football, and an international jury of 180 voetbaljournalisten the best footballer of 2018.
It was all of 2007 ago that a player not named Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi the Golden Ball should come to pick up in Paris. It was then that honor is reserved for Milan star Kaka, who won for both superstars. Since then, the soldiers gambled for Ronaldo and Messi and the prices under each other. Ronaldo won in 2008, 2013, 2014, 2016, and 2017. Messi was the best in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2015.
But now is the Ballon d’or is therefore no longer under the spell of CR7 and Leo. Modric was at the end of september on “The Best FIFA Football Awards” already voted Player of the Year and now adds a so a Gold Ball to an impressive year. He got more votes than Ronaldo and Antoine Griezmann. There were thirty nominees, including three Belgians: Eden Hazard, Kevin De Bruyne and Thibaut Courtois.
“He deserves it”
The 33-year-old Croatian was an integral part of the Real Madrid team for the third time in a row, the Champions League won. Modric also won the world cup for clubs, the European supercup and the Spanish supercup with The Royal. In addition, he led Croatia to the world cup final, where it was finally lost to France. He was voted player of the tournament, at the expense of Hazard.
“Modric deserves it,” said Hazard in advance. “There are three or four favorites, but Modric will win. That would be a crowning achievement for his fantastic season.” Hazard himself knocked out in eighth place…
…for De Bruyne, although the difference in points between the two Red Devils to be big.
Lionel Messi is only the fifth, his lowest ranking since 2006. Courtois is fourteen, only two places lower than Neymar. That is, for the first time since 2012, not in the top ten. The prize for the best promise, the Kopa Trophy, went to Kylian Mbappé. The 23-year-old Norwegian Ada Hegerberg of Lyon was the first Gold Ball ever for the women.
1. Luka Modric (Kro/Real Madrid) 753 pts
2. Cristiano Ronaldo (Por/Juventus) 476
3. Antoine Griezmann (Fra/Atletico Madrid) 414
4. Kylian Mbappé (Fra/Paris Saint-Germain) 347
5. Lionel Messi (Arg/Barcelona) 280
6. Mohamed Salah (Egy/Liverpool) 188
7. Raphael Is Looking Forward To (Fra/Real Madrid) 121
8. Eden Hazard (Bel/Chelsea) 119
9. Kevin De Bruyne (Bel/Manchester City) 29
10. Harry Kane (Eng/Tottenham) 25
11. N’Golo Kanté (Fra/Chelsea) 24
12. Neymar (Bra/Paris Saint-Germain) 19
13. Luis Suárez (Uru/Barcelona) 17
14. Thibaut Courtois (Bel/Real Madrid) 12
15. Paul Pogba (Fra/Manchester United) 9
16. Sergio Agüero (Arg/Manchester City) 7
17. Gareth Bale (Wal/Real Madrid) 6
. Karim Benzema (Fra/Real Madrid) 6
19. Sergio Ramos (Spa/Real Madrid) 4
. Ivan Rakitic (Kro/Barcelona) 4
. Roberto Firmino (Bra/Liverpool) 4
22. Edinson Cavani (Uru/Paris Saint-Germain) 3
. Sadio Mané (Sen/Liverpool) 3
. Marcelo (Bra/Real Madrid) 3
25. Alisson Becker (Bra/Liverpool) 2
. Mario Mandzukic (Kro/Juventus) 2
. Jan Oblak (Sln/Atletico Madrid) 2
28. Diego Godin (Uru/Atletico Madrid) 1
29. Isco (Spa/Real Madrid) 0
. Hugo Lloris (Fra/Tottenham) 0 .