Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have dominated world football over the past decade, each sharing five Ballon d’Ors each.
However, it doesn’t look as though either superstar will add a sixth to their collection next month.
Instead, Luka Modric is heavy favourite to get his hands on the accolade, adding to FIFA’s ‘The Best’ award he won in September.
‘The Best’ award considers performances over the previous season, so Modric’s 2017/18 efforts were taken into account.
Whereas the Ballon d’Or considers performances over a calendar year - 2018.
Modric helped Real Madrid win the Champions League in 2018 and also led his Croatian side to the World Cup final.
Not a bad calendar year, which is why he’s favourite to land the big prize.
But who has had the better 2018? Messi or Ronaldo?
It’s certainly been interesting for both of them as they both competed in the World Cup, while Ronaldo also made a sensational move to Juventus.
Looking at the stats, it seems Messi has marginally had the better calendar year to date.
For club, Messi has scored 40 and assisted 17 goals in 42 appearances.
As for Ronaldo, he’s scored 37 and assisted 10 assists in 37 appearances.
For both club and country, Messi’s record is 44 goals and 20 assists in 47 matches.
While Ronaldo has scored 43 goals and assisted 11 goals in 44 matches.
It’s all very close but Messi appears to just edge it.
But then there’s the trophy cabinet to consider.
In 2018, Messi claimed La Liga, Copa del Rey and the Supercopa.
But Ronaldo can boast just one trophy - the Champions League.
Either way, neither Messi or Ronaldo appear to have done enough to pip Modric to the 2018 Ballon d’Or.News Now - Sport News