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Top 6 contenders for Ballon d'Or 2018

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Modified 20 Dec 2019, 16:50 IST

Luka Modric

FIFA World Cup Golden Ball Winner - Luka Modric

Modric is a hard-working footballer who has been raised through a difficult childhood in Croatia. From a war stricken refugee to the national team captain, Modric has been a picture of discipline and focus.

A leader in many ways for both club and country, Modric may have just done enough to be the top contender for this year’s Ballon d’Or award. He finished the domestic impressively with Real Madrid, as they were crowned UCL champions for the record third consecutive year.

No one would have guessed that Croatia would go on to play in the finals of the FIFA World Cup this year, but Modric and Co. just showed us all why hard work, perseverance and determination are all that matter. Defying all odds, Croatia played their first ever FIFA World Cup final and that alone is history-making for this small 4 million populated nation.

Delivering stellar performances in the midfield, Modric was adjudged as the FIFA World Cup Golden Ball winner. A favorite for this year’s Ballon d’Or? Time will tell.

Published 19 Jul 2018, 15:37 IST
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