Are Messi-Ronaldo almost out of 2018 Ballon d'Or race?
Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have dominated the Ballon d'Or for a decade now, with these two winning the prestigious award five times each in the last 10 years. However, in the current ongoing voting process for the award, it has been revealed that these two legends are not even in the top three at the halfway mark. Details follow.
[#BallonDor] Selon @xbarretfoot (ex-France Football)— Footballogue⭐️⭐️ (@Footballogue) November 10, 2018
dans @RFIRadioFoot, à la moitié des votes, le trio de tête du Ballon d'Or 2018 serait :
1⃣ Luka Modrić🇭🇷 (Real Madrid)
2⃣ Raphaël Varane🇫🇷 (Real Madrid)
3⃣ Kylian Mbappé🇫🇷 (PSG) pic.twitter.com/eXX5Ten7x2
It has been revealed that the first half of the counting process is over, with Messi and Ronaldo falling behind Luka Modric, Raphael Varane, and Kylian Mbappe. It comes as a shock to fans, especially after Ronaldo and Messi's amazing performances for their clubs last season. Further, Ronaldo even scored four goals in the World Cup. It seems Modric would bag the top prize.
The fact that Messi and Ronaldo, even after being phenomenal in 2017-18, are not in the top three, makes one wonder if we have started taking their genius for granted. They were influential in deciding matches this past season, but it looks like that France's World Cup winning campaign would overshadow the club titles.
The voters are captains and head coaches of all the international football teams associated with FIFA, and select journalists from all these countries. Each chooses his/her top three players of the season.