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Does Modric's UEFA POTY win spell the dawn of a new era?

France v Croatia - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Final
France's Golden Boy- Kylian Mbappe
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Ricardo Kaka in 2007 was the last player to have beaten Ronaldo and Messi to the Ballon D'or, since then the two have shown an astounding level of footballing ability and been a study of consistency. The streak though might soon come to an end as showcased by Luka Modric's UEFA POTY award in August 2018 on the back of his Champions League winning campaign followed up by a brilliant World Cup showing. We have a look at the possible players who might step up and win this award in the near future to break the stronghold by the 2 absolute phenomenon who have reduced this honour to a mere formality in the last decade.

Kylian Mbappe: France and PSG's latest icon

It has been a while since a youngster has ripped through the biggest stage of football so assuredly and in a frighteningly unnerved manner. Kylian Mbappe shone in Russia in the World Cup winning campaign of Les Bleus. The frightening pace and very direct running ability coupled with his good finishing make him a true game changer.

What is more is that unlike many others he is as involved in making goals for others. He has scored 49 and assisted 19 in 100 apps for club and country since his breakout year in the Monaco side of 2016/17.

We know he is one to look out for and if things move at the current pace, the young frenchman will soon dominate all individual honours.

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Published 02 Sep 2018, 01:15 IST
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