Juventus forward, Cristiano Ronaldo and Barcelona captain, Lionel Messi, will both miss out on this year’s Ballon d’Or award.
This claim was made by respected journalist, Eric Macruth, who works for French radio station, RFI.
Recall that Ronaldo and Messi were shortlisted for the Europe topflight individual prize last month.
Ronaldo and Messi have dominated the award for ten years now.
The pair had won an incredible five awards each, with Ronaldo equalling Messi’s tally last year.
According to Express UK, Macruth disclosed that Real Madrid midfielder, Luka Modric will win the 2018 Ballon d’ Or, while Real Madrid defender, Raphael Varane and Paris Saint-Germain forward, Kylian Mbappe will be among the three-man final shortlist ahead of Ronaldo and Messi.
“Exclusive #BallondOr: After counting half the votes, the head trio is as follows: 1) Modric 2) @raphaelvarane 3 @KMbappe. @xbarretfoot @RFIRadioFoot Info @RFIsports,” Macruth tweeted.
The 2018 Ballon d’ Or award will take place on 3rd December, 2018.
Mo’ Salah Refuses Man Of The Match Award, Gives It To James Milner
Mo’ Salah refused to take the Man of the Match award given to him for his performance against Bournemouth, he gave it to Milner instead.
The Egyptian star bagged a brilliant hat-trick at the Vitality Stadium to take Liverpool to the top of the table for at least a few hours before Manchester City play away at Chelsea but although he was voted the Man of the Match, Salah wouldn’t take it off James Milner.
Instead, in his post-match interview with Sky Sports after the 4-0 win, he told his captain to keep the award to mark his 500th Premier League appearance.
An absolute class act and a wonderful tribute from Salah to his teammate.
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