Friday, 14 December, 2018

Close pal blasts 'absolutely incredible' Ballon d'Or snub for Juventus star Ronaldo

Croatia's midfielder Luka Modric attempts a shot during the Russia 2018 World Cup semi-final football match between Croatia and England at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow Ballon d'Or: Luka Modric breaks decade of Ronaldo and Messi dominance
Jennie Wade | 05 December, 2018, 06:42

Lionel Messi finished behind Luka Modric, Cristiano Ronaldo, Antoine Griezmann, and Kylian Mbappe in this year's Ballon d'Or voting.

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. But the best wasn't there, the player who's been king of this sport for years.

Modric collected the award from presenter and former France forward David Ginola after a glamorous ceremony at the Grand Palais in Paris.

For the first time, France Football is also giving out a women's Ballon d'Or award in addition to the Kopa Trophy, named for French great Raymond Kopa and given to the world's best player under 21.

Ronaldo was hoping to overtake to Messi - both on five Ballon d'Or awards - last night in Paris.

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On a historic evening in Paris, the ceremony had a women's category for the first time since its inception in 1956, with Norway's Ada Hegerberg crowned the inaugural women's Ballon d'Or victor. The Portuguese ended up as runner-up, while Messi was not even in the top three.

Players like Wesley Sneijder, Xavi and Manuel Neuer have certainly had vald arguments in previous years and it was good to see Modric, who deserved to win for many reasons, get his hands on the award. Many will say that I say this only because I am his friend, but no.

Croatia lost 4-2 to France in Moscow in the final in July.

"He told me how he was seeing me as a player and what he was expecting from me".

Taking a stand against what she describes as a lack of respect for female players in Norway, she hasn't played for the national team since it crashed out of the group stage of the Women's European Championship in 2017 without scoring a goal. "I let them know, quite clearly, what I found wasn't working".

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