The 2018 Ballon d’Or might end the 10-year duopoly of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, who have won the trophy five times each.
The award is the most prestigious individual trophy that every footballer aims to win in his lifetime. But only the most outstanding players have the chance to be even considered for this accolade.
Despite the two most prominent footballers of this generation still dazzling for their clubs, the standout player from Croatia, Luka Modric, might finally snatch the trophy from the duo.
The Ballon d’ Or 2018 30-man shortlist that was released in October, include Ronaldo, Messi, France World Cup winners Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann and Raphael Varane plus Brazil skipper Neymar, England striker Harry Kane, Wales forward Gareth Bale, Belguim captain Eden Hazard, Mohamed Salah of Egpyt and Argentine Sergio Aguero. Read more