Croatia and Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric named world's best player
- Author: Stacy Allen Sep 25, 2018,
Sep 25, 2018, 1:09
Both Messi and Ronaldo have won FIFA's award in different guises five times each, and the Portuguese can move out on his own after winning a third straight Champions League title with Real Madrid before heading for pastures new with Juventus in July.
Modric's win breaks the Lionel Messi-Ronaldo duopoly of the last 10 years and it follows his player of the tournament prize at Russian Federation 2018 and UEFA player of the year accolade last month.
Messi didn't make the three-man shortlist and skipped the trip to London.
Meanwhile, Brazil worldwide Marta was named as the best Female player of the year after winning the 2018 women's Copa America with her country.
That is why Modric has the better chance of winning the award by the virtue of his silver medal from the Federation Internationale de Football Association world cup in Russia.
However, neither's accomplishments were enough to take home the prize, with Ronaldo missing the event as Juventus are preparing for a match against Bologna on Wednesday.
France Football magazine chief editor Pascal Ferre poses with the Golden Ball during a interview with The Associated Press
It's surprising that while two Chelsea players were included, record-breaking Premier League champions Manchester City's players were omitted.
"The first thing I want say is congratulations to [Mohamed] Salah and Cristiano [Ronaldo] for their great seasons".
Marta won her first Federation Internationale de Football Association player of the year award since 2010 after leading Brazil to Copa America Femenina glory.
Marta scored 13 goals and set up six more as Orlando Pride reached the NWSL play-off semi-finals in the United States - earning herself a place in the league's team of the year.
Best Women's coach: Reynald Pedros, coach of Lyonnais Féminin - who won the French league and the Women's Champions League last season - picks up the award.
Named after Raymond Kopa, the legendary Reims, Angers, Real Madrid and France striker, who won the inaugural Ballon d'Or in 1958, the award will go to the game's outstanding young player aged under 21.
Suker, who finished behind Zinedine Zidane and Brazilian star Ronaldo in the 1998 FIFA World Player of the Year voting, also called the duo our for a lack of sportsmanship.