France Football has announced the results of voting for the Ballon d’Or trophy this year, and as we know, the Real Madrid midfielder who is also the Croatian National Team player, Luka Modric won the award after collecting the most points among the other candidates. So, who is the player who managed to finish the 2nd to 6th? Well, here is the list of the top 6 of Ballon d’Or 2018.
1. Luka Modric
As is known, the Croatian National Team midfielder managed to end the dominance of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo who always dominated the Ballon d’Or award in the last ten years. Indeed, from the statistics, Modric is no better than the two players throughout 2018, but the fact that he led Real Madrid to win the European Champions League title and successfully led the Croatian National Team to the 2018 World Cup final for the very first time in history.
2. Cristiano Ronaldo
If Luka Modric did not bring Croatia to the 2018 World Cup final, perhaps Cristiano Ronaldo will be the winner of this annual award, as the Portuguese mega-star performed the most in 2018. Ronaldo who brought Real Madrid to win the European Champions League title last season must be satisfied sitting at the 2nd place.
3. Antoine Griezmann
Actually, the mainstay of Atletico Madrid players performed well throughout the 2018 years, he also led France to win the 2018 World Cup. But, Griezmann was not too successful at club level, with only delivering Atletico to win the Europe League.
4. Kylian Mbappe
Just like Griezmann, Mbappe shone throughout the 2018 World Cup tournament, delivering the French National Team to win the 2018 World Cup, unfortunately at the club level he only delivered PSG to the domestic trophy.
5. Lionel Messi
Yes, this is the first time Barcelona’s mega stars have been thrown from outside the top 3 Ballon d’Or rankings, cause before this, at least in the past 11 years, La Pulga has always been the nominee for the top 3 annual awards.
6. Mohamed Salah
Needless to say, Mohamed Salah did look brilliant throughout 2018. His individual collection in terms of goals, led Liverpool to finish 4th in the Premier League final, also to the European Champions League final. Salah also played a role in driving Egypt to the 2018 World Cup final round.