Real Madrid’s Modric wins Ballon d’Or as world player of year
Real Madrid’s Modric wins Ballon d’Or as world player of year
Champions League all-time top scorers Lionel Messi added to his tally yesterday
04 December, 2018, 00:11
But Varane has played a crucial role in winning the two biggest trophies in world football in 2018 and if that isn't enough for a defender to get Ballon d'Or recognition, nothing will be.
Consistent as ever, he was integral to Real Madrid winning their third Champions League in a row under Zinedine Zidane.
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. FIFA's official YouTube channel might also show the live coverage of the Ballon d'Or ceremony.
After his disappointing showing with Argentina in the summer, Lionel Messi isn't a contender for a top-three place. 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.
Alongside the Ballon d'Or, the inaugural Trophee Kopa award was also handed out at the ceremony in Paris, with Paris Saint-Germain striker KylianMbappe scooping the award for best young player under the age of 21.
The 2018 Ballon d'Or victor will be announced by France Football on Monday 3rd December.
His incredible goal in the final even made him the second teenager in history to score in a World Cup final.
"It's an unbelievable feeling", said Modric, who is the first Croatian player to win the award. Canadian forward Christine Sinclair was one of 15 players up for the women's Ballon d'Or, which was won by Norway's Ada Hegerberg.
"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.
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