Juventus: Cristiano Ronaldo deserves Ballon d'Or - Blaise Matuidi

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Among all the awards the victor of the women's Ballon d'Or was also announced, and Ada Hegerberg took the accolade after her performances for Lyon and Norway saw the former clinch the Champions League title. Second-place finishes for Ronaldo: 5.

Despite the impressive statistics, Ronaldo is expected to miss out on the Ballon d'Or tonight.

Juventus midfielder Blaise Matuidi believes team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo deserves to win the Ballon d'Or. Modric, the diminutive maestro who runs the Croatian and Real Madrid midfield, was imperious throughout Croatia's best ever World Cup, in addition to Madrid's third successive Champions League.

The annual football award, presented by France Football, has been dominated by Messi and Ronaldo for the past decade, with each clinching the accolade five times apiece since 2008. The two parted ways in 2016 and have given out separate awards since.

Karim Benzema is perhaps a surprising name to be in fourth position in the charts - 12 strikes behind Raul - but the French striker failed to add to his tally in Real's 2-0 win over Roma on Tuesday.

But Modric's impact in Croatia's run to the World Cup final, coupled with Madrid winning the Champions League for the third year in a row, saw him triumph.

The year of 2018 has been the year of Luka Modric and there is no better evidence than with the Ballon d'Or victory.

Mbappe also clinched the FIFA World Cup "Best Young Player Award" and was named in the Ligue 1 'Team of the Year'.

If Modric does indeed lift the trophy, it will be the first time since 2007 - when Kaka won the award - that it has not gone to Messi or Ronaldo. "You can have your opinion of Griezmann, Mbappe, Giroud, Lloris, Modric.but the only player to have won everything is Raphael Varane".

France Football, which hands out the Ballon d'Or, and FIFA combined their awards to create the FIFA Ballon d'Or in 2010.

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