Ballon d’Or winners ‘leak’ shows Luka Modric first, Ronaldo second

Ballon d’Or winners ‘leak’ shows Luka Modric first, Ronaldo second

The Argentine superstar last won the Ballon d'Or in 2015 but has at least featured among the podium three in each of the last two years since his previous win. But, as reported by 90min, a research from LeoVegas shows that it is indeed Paris Saint-Germain and France starlet Mbappe who deserves to win the Ballon d'Or.

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.

He was also instrumental to his club's third successive Champions League in May after beating Liverpool 3-1 in Kiev.

The Ballon d'Or victor is named on Monday in Paris, with Luka Modric expected to end the 10-year Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo duopoly on the award.

The pair had won an incredible five awards each, with Ronaldo equaling Messi's tally previous year. Following him is his compatriot Antoine Griezmann with 9 points - World Cup, a Europa League and three man of the match performances at the WC.

Modric's starring roles, along with Griezmann's exploits in France's World Cup win earlier this year, have seen Barcelona icon Lionel Messi finally ousted from the reckoning for individual glory.

Assuming the Real Madrid midfielder emerges victorious, Los Blancos will overtake Juventus in the overall standings with nine winners to eight. In fact, you have to go back to 2007 for the last time either of the players didn't claim the accolade - on that occasion Messi came 3rd, Ronaldo 2nd, and Kaka 1st.

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