Juventus: Cristiano Ronaldo deserves Ballon d'Or - Blaise Matuidi

Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo

On the worldwide stage, Messi helped Argentina to the round of 16 of the World Cup losing 4-3 to eventual Champions France.

Either Messi or Ronaldo has won the Ballon d'Or in each of the last 10 years, bagging five apiece.

Sky Sport Italia says that Cristiano Ronaldo and Antoine Griezmann will not turn up for the Ballon d'Or ceremony on Monday because they're not expected to win.

Ronaldo and Barcelona captain, Lionel Messi had dominated the award for ten years now. Real Madrid midfielder Modric has apparently secured the award and will be the only one of the three present at the ceremony.

Football leaks revealed that the Croatian playmaker will beat the 2016 UEFA European Champion to win the Balllon D'or award.

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Griezmann was France's top scorer in Russian Federation, netting four times, although three were from the spot. After leading Madrid to a third successive Champions League crown, he opted for a change of scenery, joining Juventus in the summer.

While he had a successful World Cup from an individual perspective, netting a hat-trick against Spain, he was unable to inspire Portugal to glory and that will count against him.

A 30-man shortlist has been drawn up for the prize based on performances in 2018, with Croatia captain and Real Madrid Champions League victor Luka Modric the favourite to land the prize.

Few weeks after winning the Federation Internationale de Football Association best men's player prize for helping his national team reach their first ever World Cup final in Russia.

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