Four football legends name their 2018 Ballon d'Or favourites
The Ballon d'Or ceremony is just around the corner and football fans have been buzzing with speculation around this year's winner.
It appears that football legends have also joined in on the debate with many having made their pick from the thirty-man shortlist released by France Football. The full list includes: Sergio Aguero, Alisson Becker, Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema, Edinson Cavani, Thibaut Courtois, Kevin De Bruyne, Roberto Firmino, Diego Godin, Antoine Griezmann, Eden Hazard, Isco, Harry Kane, N’Golo Kante, Hugo Lloris, Mario Mandzukic, Sadio Mane, Marcelo, Kylian Mbappe, Luka Modric, Neymar, Paul Pogba, Ivan Rakitic, Sergio Ramos, Mohamed Salah, Luis Suarez, Jan Oblak Raphael Varane, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Here we take a look at four football legends who have given their verdict on the potential winner:
#1 Roberto Carlos
Brazilian legend Roberto Carlos has picked Croatia and Real Madrid star Luka Modric as the player to take home the award this year.
Speaking of his Ballon d'Or favourite, Carlos said (via Marca), "Luka Modric is the favourite for me, now he's physically better and he's going to be at his best again."
Modric has been recognised for helping Real Madrid to their third consecutive Champions League title and for leading his home country Croatia to their first ever FIFA World Cup final.
The midfielder has already won the UEFA Best Player of the Year award, as well as The Best FIFA Men's Player Award this year. It remains to be seen whether all the rumours surrounding his win are, in fact, true.
#2 Didier Drogba
Chelsea legend Didier Drogba has tipped World Cup and Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappe as the man to win the coveted prize.
Speaking to Goal in New Delhi, the two-time Premier League Golden Boot winner said, "It would be really nice to see Kylian Mbappe win it. It would be refreshing."
The former striker, however, acknowledged Cristiano Ronaldo's potential of winning the award a record sixth time.
"But Ronaldo is still there, he's still a machine. He won all these Champions League trophies, changed leagues to go to Juventus, and he's scoring goals there. The man is just unbelievable."