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The likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Luka Modric and Lionel Messi will all contest this year's Ballon d'Or..

France Football have deleted their Ballon d'Or fan vote after receiving surprise result

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The Ballon d'Or ceremony is less than two months away now.

After the Champions League draw and FIFA's 'The Best', football fans are in the swing of awards season and the approaching gala in Paris will bring an end to another eventful year in the sport.

Luka Modric has dominated the individual accolades so far this year - taking home the top prize twice now - but you can never write off Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

The mercurial pair both have five Ballon d'Or titles to their name, applying great importance on the latest ceremony and leaving fans to wonder if Modric will keep them level pegging.

No matter who supporters want to collect the main award, though, the winner will ultimately be decided by a series of votes from selected journalists.

Fans vote on the Ballon d'Or

The first 30 candidates have already been named with 11 Premier League players making the cut, including Eden Hazard, Roberto Firmino, Paul Pogba and Kevin De Bruyne.

Gareth Bale and Harry Kane are the sole British candidates, while no less than eight Real Madrid players make their way onto the list.

However, France Football - who run the competition - did give supporters a brief opportunity to make their opinion known by staging an official Ballon d'Or poll.

Real Madrid v Barcelona - La Liga

France Football stop the vote

Given the magnitude and history of the award, there was no shortage of votes with a huge 700,000 fans expressing their opinion.

Astonishingly, though, France Football had to pull the plug on the initiative after receiving some remarkable results that will surely go against their leading candidates.

That's because favourites Modric and Ronaldo received a minuscule proportion of the vote, while Mohamed Salah and Messi ran away it.

The full vote goes:

1. Lionel Messi: 48% (338,110)
2. Mohamed Salah: 31% (218,362)
3. Cristiano Ronaldo: 8% (56,351)
4. Luka Modric & Kylian Mbappe: 2% (14,087 each)

Pretty convincing voting from the fans then.

In their opinion, it should be Barcelona's Messi who collects the Ballon d'Or this years and pull aways into a six trophy lead as a consequence. 

It's pretty remarkable that the favourite can be seen with over 300,000 fewer votes than Messi and it's unlikely the final voting will be so harsh on Modric.

The Croatian can take plenty of comfort in his Golden Ball, UEFA award and 'The Best' trophy if he does come up short in Paris, though.

As for Messi, he'll have to hope the journalist's in charge feel similarly to all the football fans who voted for him but the bookmakers don't fancy his chances.

Supporters will have to wait until early December to see who collects the award and how it potentially impacts the ever-raging GOAT debate.

Who do you think should win the Ballon d'Or? Have your say in the comments section below.

Topics:
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Kylian Mbappe
Mohamed Salah
Real Madrid
Lionel Messi
Luka Modric
Cristiano Ronaldo

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