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Cristiano Ronaldo set to boycott this year's Ballon d'Or ceremony

Champions League all-time top scorers Lionel Messi added to his tally yesterday Champions League all-time top scorers Lionel Messi added to his tally yesterday
Noah Ferguson | 03 December, 2018, 20:25

Starting from 2008, can you name the players who finished highest each year if we exclude Messi and Ronaldo?

They also report that Modric will have an entire Real Madrid entourage with him at the awards, as he'll be joined by club captain Sergio Ramos, President Florentino Perez and ex-players Raul Gonzalez and Roberto Carlos.

It's perhaps no surprise that the Croatian icon is the odds-on 2/5 favourite to scoop the Ballon d'Or, ahead of former teammate Ronaldo at 5/1, Griezmann (8/1), Varane (10/1), and Mbappe (12/1), whereas Messi is the 20/1 outsider.

The 33-year-old was also brilliant in the Real side that retained their Champions League crown for the second year running, and the Spanish club would love to see him succeed 2016 and 2017 victor Ronaldo, who has since left the Bernabeu for Juventus.

This means that the 33-year-old playmaker will break the dominance of Lionel Messi and Ronaldo in the last decade. Modric, meanwhile, received the World Cup Golden Ball as the tournament's best player and won the Champions League with Real Madrid.

The superstar forward made the move to Juventus in July and team-mate Matuidi backed Ronaldo to win the Ballon d'Or on Monday. I don't vote. I just hope it is a Frenchman.

Mbappe, who turns 20 later this month, seems a certain victor of that award, voted for by 33 living former Ballon d'Or winners.

Sky Italia also claim that Kylian Mbappe will miss out on the Ballon d'Or but will instead be awarded the new Kopa trophy, which recognizes the best U-21 talent. The 15 nominees include seven players from Lyon, the Champions League winners, and Brazil great Marta, who won the recent Federation Internationale de Football Association prize.

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