Published: Mon, December 03, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Ballon d'Or: Who finished highest excluding Ronaldo and Messi

Ballon d'Or: Who finished highest excluding Ronaldo and Messi earlier reported that Croatia midfielder Luka Modric will reportedly emerge victor of 2018 Ballon d'Or award, according to reports.

In December 2007, Kaka won the Ballon d'Or and he wouldn't have known what a historic moment it would be for the Brazilian.

Juventus midfielder Blaise Matuidi believes team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo deserves to win the Ballon d'Or.

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Ahead of the Monday gala, that will reveal the victor of the 2018 Ballon d'Or in Paris, it has been leaked that Real Madrid midfielder, Luka Modric will come first. 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.

At the time Ronaldo was four goals behind the Argentinian, but in the four years since he has stormed ahead by adding 51 more goals to his tally, while Messi has "slowed down" and "only" scored 32 in that time. The striker has shown no signs of slowing down either, scoring 11 goals in just 18 appearances so far for the Bianconeri.

Starting from 2008, can you name the players who finished highest each year if we exclude Messi and Ronaldo? The diminutive attacker helped Barca to the La Liga & Copa del Ray double, whilst beating rivals Real Madrid in the Supercopa.

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Messi's goal came in the second half, as the Argentinian star weaved his way through the PSV defense before firing a shot and finding the top corner to give Barcelona the lead.

In the run-up to the gala, several publications have claimed that the top three Ballon d'Or shortlist had been leaked, with each one naming a different trio.

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