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

Ballon d’or 2018,Cristiano Ronaldo,Lionel Messi

"I said many times, winning a sixth Ballon d'Or is not an obsession", the Portuguese legend told France Football.

Harry Kane, the only English player on the 30-man shortlist, ranked 10th in the poll after winning the World Cup Golden Boot in Russian Federation as he captained England to their best finish in 28 years.

Modric is the first Croatian player to ever win the award and only the second of his homeland to place in the top three after Davor Suker finished as a runner-up to Zinedine Zidane in 1998 while plying his trade for Real Madrid.

After 13 games, the Old Lady have won 12 and drawn just one, leaving them eight points ahead of second-placed Napoli.

The top ten included: Harry Kane (ENG/ Tottenham Hotspur), Kevin De Bruyne (BEL/ Manchester City), Eden Hazard (BEL/ Chelsea), Raphael Varane (FRA/Real Madrid), Mohamed Salah (EGY/Liverpool), Lionel Messi (ARG/Barcelona), Kylian Mbappe (FRA/Paris Saint-Germain), Antoine Griezmann (FRA/Atletico Madrid), Cristiano Ronaldo (POR/Real Madrid), Luka Modric (CRO/Real Madrid).

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"It's a unique feeling". But having already won FIFA's version of the best male player of the year award, Luka Modric looks set to end this memorable streak tonight. "I have sensational feelings in me at the moment which I find hard to describe".

In September, Modric was handed the FIFA Men's Best Player award from FIFA president Gianni Infantino and the former Spurs midfielder has completed a stellar year by adding the most prestigious individual prize in football to his collection at a ceremony in Paris.

The 2018 Ballon d'Or victor will be announced by France Football on Monday 3rd December.

Ronaldo - who has scored over 500 career goals - has made no secret of his desire to win the Ballon d'Or again.

Real Madrid's Thibaut Courtois, formerly of Chelsea, was the highest-ranked goalkeeper in this year's Ballon d'Or list in 14th, while his former Blues teammate N'Golo Kanté took 11th place.

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