Journalist Hector Fernandez believes he knows the final three for the 2018 Ballon d’Or, claiming Real Madrid’s Luka Modric is set to win the prize.
Fernandez told Radio Estadio that the top three will be Modric, followed by Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo in second, and French World Cup winner Antoine Griezmann in third.
???LUKA MODRIC será el BALÓN DE ORO 2018
1. Luka Modric
2. Cristiano Ronaldo
3. Antoine Griezmann
— Radioestadio (@Radioestadio) November 27, 2018
This would be the first time in over ten years that neither Ronaldo nor Lionel Messi has won the prize, and the Barcelona superstar is supposedly not even in the final three.
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Modric had a superb 2018, winning another Champions League final with Real Madrid and playing a starring role for Croatia to help them reach their first ever World Cup final against the odds.
The award ceremony will be on December 3, and it will be intriguing to see if this claim proves correct.