Blaise Matuidi insists Cristiano Ronaldo deserves to win the Ballon d’Or

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

Among all the awards the victor of the women's Ballon d'Or was also announced, and Ada Hegerberg took the accolade after her performances for Lyon and Norway saw the former clinch the Champions League title.

A leaked image of the results suggest Juventus superstar Cristiano Ronaldo will finish second. Croatia's Luka Modric and a few French World Cup winners will be hoping to finally end the 10-year duopoly of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. The Atletico Madrid forward netted 4 goals and registered 2 assists in the competition.

While Ronaldo won another Champions League with Real Madrid in a typically prolific year, and Messi continues to mesmerise for Barcelona, both are now in their 30s and neither really stamped their authority on the World Cup in Russian Federation.

Before Modric, former Brazilian star Kaka was the last person other than Messi or Ronaldo to win the honour, in 2007.

"I said many times, winning a sixth Ballon d'Or is not an obsession", the Portuguese legend told France Football.

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The rest of the top 10 was rounded out by Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain and France), Lionel Messi (Barcelona and Argentina), Mohamed Salah (Liverpool and Egypt), Raphael Varane (Real Madrid and France), Eden Hazard (Chelsea and Belgium), Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City and Belgium) and Harry Kane (Tottenham and England).

YEN.com.gh earlier reported that Croatia midfielder Luka Modric will reportedly emerge victor of 2018 Ballon d'Or award, according to reports.

The year of 2018 has been the year of Luka Modric and there is no better evidence than with the Ballon d'Or victory.

Lyon's Ada Hegerberg became the first recipient of the women's Ballon d'Or award.

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.

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