Ballon d'Or: 5 Reasons why Ronaldo will beat Modric and Messi to win
The 2018 Ballon d'Or will mark ten years since Cristiano Ronaldo won his first of five Ballon d'Ors. With Christiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi both claiming 5 each, will one of them edge ahead of this year or will the Ballon d'Or find a new owner?
The obvious favourite for the Ballon d'Or is Cristiano's former teammate, Luke Modric who has won the Champions League and taken his country to a world cup final this season. It is hard to dispute Modric's position on the nominations list this year, however, although for the first time in many years he may not be a favourite, there is still a strong evidence to suggest Ronaldo will claim his 6th Ballon d'Or.
Here are 5 reasons the Portuguese 33 year old could win the 2018 Ballon D'or:
#1 Ronaldo's Champions League Prowess
In a season where we saw the rise of new goal scorers in the form of the Salah, Mane and Firmino, who all scored ten apiece, Ronaldo once again was top scorer in the Champions League, as he won his 3rd straight UCL title with Real. Scoring 15 in 11 matches Ronaldo finished 5 goals ahead of fellow goalscoring competitors, this was the sixth straight season when Ronaldo was the highest scorer in the Champions League in a campaign where he was also named the best attacking player for the second year running.
Luke Modric, the favourite for this year's Ballon d'Or, only managed to score 1 and assist 1 in this year's Champions League. Despite having the Portuguese goal machine and the attacking ability of Real Madrid (34 goals in UCL) to support him. Modric did not offer a great deal going forward assisting only once which is, in contrast to the 18 goals Ronaldo was involved in, a particularly underwhelming stat.
Ronaldo also beat his major Ballon d'Or rival, Messi, who only netted 6 times as Barcelona lost to Roma who, memorably 'rose from their ruins' in the second leg of the quarter-final.
In the past the Champions league has had a great influence on the result of the Ballon D'or and given Ronaldo's emphatic performance once in the European competition it makes him a strong contender to win again.
#2 Real Madrid collapse
When Ronaldo was sold to Juventus for 100 million one could expect a drop in Real's form however it would have been hard to predict such a major fall in success. Recording losses to Levante, Alaves and a memorable 5-1 loss to rivals Barcelona, 'The Ronald Effect' is evident.
The important factor in this reason is that Modric, this year's Ballon d'Or favourite, continues to struggle at Real Madrid, after Ronaldo's departure. Modric has struggled to find form this season so far only assisting 3 times and yet to score. This is in comparison to Ronaldo finding form quickly at his new club, recording 9 goals and 6 assists already this season. This highlights the difference in class between these two Ballon d'Or favourites for 2018.
If Real Madrid's performance does highlight anything it is the major role Ronaldo undeniably has played in their success last season. Due to the fact that Ronaldo scored 15 times in the last UCL without being assisted by Modric, one could suggest Real Madrid may have been able to have great success without Modric in the team. However, Real Madrid's failure this season shows they definitely would not have been able to without Ronaldo.