Ballon d’Or 2018: Cristiano Ronaldo hits another impressive milestone

Luka Modric becomes first Croatian to win prestigious Ballon d'Or

The 2018 Ballon d'Or victor will be announced by France Football on Monday 3rd December.

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.

To commemorate the occasion, we have ranked the top five leaked award winners, and the probability of them winning the Ballon d'Or.

Former Brazil and AC Milan forward Kaka, in 2007, was the last player other than Messi or Ronaldo to win it. Modric, the diminutive maestro who runs the Croatian and Real Madrid midfield, was imperious throughout Croatia's best ever World Cup, in addition to Madrid's third successive Champions League.

For the first time, France Football is also giving out a women's Ballon d'Or award in addition to the Kopa Trophy, named for French great Raymond Kopa and given to the world's best player under 21. Even when one of the two didn't claim the award during that period, the other finished second in the voting nine times out of 10 - the lone exception came in 2010 when Andres Iniesta was the runner-up.

As G20 summit opens, contentious issues loom
China had already hit the U.S. with $3bn of tariffs in April, in response to USA tariffs on global steel and aluminium imports. Asked Thursday why the two had no meeting scheduled, Trump said: "I would have met with him but we didn't set that one up".

Liverpool's Mohamed Salah - who became the Premier League's all-time goalscorer for a 38 game season - was also in serious contention after his goalscoring form helped the Reds reach the Champions League final, as was Spurs striker Harry Kane, who won the Golden Boot at the World Cup.

World Cup winners Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe occupy the third and fourth spots while Lionel Messi finds himself in a lowly fifth position.

It will crown a big year for Modric who has already won UEFA Best Player in Europe.

Messi's Ballon d'Or wins: 5.

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