Wednesday, 16 Jan 2019
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The winner of the Golden Ball revealed that Ronaldo ranks among the top three but Messi misses

The duopoly Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo Ballon d'Or is no longer, after Luka Modric won the trophy for the first time in Paris on Monday.

Messi and Ronaldo have won the coveted trophy in turn for the past 10 years, but Modric has been named winner of the Golden Ball this season.

Modric, Real Madrid star, had a sensational season in which he won the Champions League with Los Blancos, their fourth European triumph in five years.

He was also captain of Croatia this summer at the World Cup in Russia, where he led them to their first final, which was imposed against France.

Juventus striker Ronaldo has already won the Ballon d'Or five times since 2008.

Luka Modric won the Golden Ball for the first time

The Portuguese were also part of the same Real Madrid team that won the Champions League in Kiev, but his World Cup campaign was not as successful as his team-mate.

Antoine Griezmann was named third in the Golden Ball race after winning his first World Cup with France and finishing second in the Liga with Atletico Madrid.

His teammate, Kylian Mbappe, winner of the World Cup, is ranked fourth at the end of a great season with the Paris Saint-Germain, while Messi, winner of the Balloon of the World Cup. Gold five times, is ranked fifth.

The winner five times, Cristiano Ronaldo, was second

The Argentinian is still considered by many to be the best player in the world, but despite Barcelona's victory in the Liga last season, he was not looking for a spot in the top three for the first time since 2006. .

Mohamed Salah was named sixth, representing the first Premier League player vying for the award.

Lionel Messi has failed to rank among the top three

The Liverpool striker had a sensational first season in the last Merseyside campaign, in which he was named PFA player of the year and won the Golden Shoe.

Neymar, the most expensive player in the world, has finished twice.

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