Modric reportedly wins Ballon d'Or as Ronaldo and Griezmann come 2nd & 3rd

From left to right- Luka Modric Ada Hegerberg and Kylian Mbappe

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.

Ronaldo, who joined Real Madrid from Juventus in the summer, came second. FIFA's official YouTube channel might also show the live coverage of the Ballon d'Or ceremony.

Despite helping Barcelona canter to a domestic double last term, Lionel Messi could only muster a fifth place finish, his lowest ever finish since 2006 some 12 years ago, as Argentina crash out of the World Cup in the Round of 16. The other main contenders won just one or the other, or neither.

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In September, Modric claimed FIFA's The Best award given to the world's top player, a prize which Messi and Ronaldo had not lost since 2008.

"It's a unique feeling".

It was his performances in the tournament in Russian Federation which began to swing the balance, as he won a variety of individual awards including UEFA's Best Player in Europe and FIFA's The Best in October, as well as the Golden Ball for the best player last summer in Russian Federation.

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The talented tyro's exploits saw him net 32 goals and register 13 assists across all competitions for club and country, as he also became the second teenager, after Brazil legend Pele, to score in a World Cup Final.

"There is only one player that has won the Champions League and the World Cup and he is called Varane", three-time Ballon d'Or victor Michel Platini said last month.

The 2018 Ballon d'Or will be awarded on Monday, and for the first time in a decade, it might go to a new player.

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If Modric does indeed lift the trophy, it will be the first time since 2007 - when Kaka won the award - that it has not gone to Messi or Ronaldo.

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