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5 of the biggest Ballon d'Or predictions so far

Ronaldo poses with his 5 Ballon d
Ronaldo poses with his 5 Ballon d'Or trophies
Modified 24 Oct 2018
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Ever since the official reveal of the the 30-man shortlist for this year's Ballon d'Or, the internet has literally been asking only one question - Who's going to win the Ballon d'Or 2018?

Unlike the previous 10 years, when the obvious answer to that question would be either Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi, things seem a bit complicated this time around.

With Real Madrid and Croatia midfielder Luka Modric winning The Best FIFA Men's Player 2018 award ahead of the two legends, many people are starting to believe that this is the year the Ronaldo/Messi duopoly finally ends at the Ballon d'Or as well.

With the date of announcement inching closer every passing day, lets take a look at the 5 boldest claims made by some of the top players, managers, and pundits regarding Ballon d'Or 2018's outcome.

#1 Luka Modric gives his vote to French superstar

Luka Modric was named the Best FIFA Men
Luka Modric was named the Best FIFA Men's Player in September

The World Cup 2018 Golden Ball winner and The Best FIFA Men's Player awardee Luka Modric, is a strong contender himself for the Ballon d'Or this year, following a third consecutive Champions League triumph with Real Madrid, and an unprecedented run to the World Cup final this summer.

But when asked the million dollar question about who should take home the Ballon d'Or trophy this December, the former Tottenham star said he sees Atletico Madrid superstar Antoine Griezmann in pole position to win the award.

"I would put Antoine Griezmann in pole position in terms of the three Frenchmen, for all he has achieved this year" he told France Football.

#2 Carlo Ancelloti backs his former player to win the award this year

Ancelotti won the Champions League with Real Madrid in 2014
Ancelotti won the Champions League with Real Madrid in 2014

Napoli manager Carlo Ancelotti made it clear who he thinks should win the Ballon d'Or this year when he spoke to the media before Napoli's big game against Juventus in Serie A last month.

Ahead of his meeting with his former player Cristiano Ronaldo, he said that the all-time leading goal-scorer in the Champions League is always the front-runner in the Ballon d'Or race, and could win the award for a record sixth time this year.

"I am grateful to Ronaldo, regardless of the goals he scored to win the Champions League" Ancelotti said.
"I am happy that he plays in Italy now, he is an added value to every team, I think he should always win the Ballon d'Or"
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Published 24 Oct 2018, 21:00 IST
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