Football fans have cast their opinion on the Ballon d'Or after Luka Modric's win


Luka Modric started a new era in the history of the Ballon d'Or with victory on Monday night.

For the past 10 years, the competition has been dominated by Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi who have won the accolade on five occasions each.

But the mercurial pair had to settle for second and fifth place respectively this year with Modric adding the famous trophy to the UEFA and FIFA awards as well as the World Cup Golden Ball.

Speaking after the historic moment, Modric told the world: "As a kid we all have dreams. My dream was to play for a big club and win important trophies.

"The Ballon d'Or was more than just a dream for me and it is really an honour and a privilege to hold this trophy.

Modric takes the victory

"I would like to give thanks to my teammates and coaches at Real Madrid and Croatia," said Modric in his speech. 

"To all those who voted for me, and my family. My wife and kids are fulfilling me as a person and preparing me in all aspects to succeed as a professional."

Of course, in terms of the actual voting, Modric has sports journalists from around the world to thank for his victory with the Real Madrid man garnering over 700 votes.


Football fans vote on the Ballon d'Or

That's compared to FIFA's 'The Best' award which factors in journalists, international captains and managers and even football fans.

That considered, Sky Sports established a poll on Monday night to simulate what would have happened if supporters had the final say on the award.

Tens of thousands of fans took part and it's fair to say the Ballon d'Or would have played out very differently, from the top to the bottom.

Check out the full results at the time of writing:

1. Cristiano Ronaldo
2. Luka Modric
3. Lionel Messi
4. Kylian Mbappe
5. Mohamed Salah
6. N'Golo Kante
7. Raphael Varane
8. Alisson Becker
9. Roberto Firmino
10. Eden Hazard

So, in the opinion of fans, Ronaldo should have been lifting the famous trophy in Paris.

It's definitely interesting to note that more supporters thought Modric had a better year than Messi, despite statistics still suggesting the Barcelona man had an incredible 12 months.

At the end of the day, though, it's not the fans that decided and the results can often be warped when it comes to mass polls even if looks respectable in this case.

Supporters can check out the rest of the results here.


Nevertheless, the result will certainly inspire Ronaldo to push that extra mile in 2019 and fans believe he is already mighty close to a sixth Ballon d'Or title.

And with both Messi and Ronaldo creeping further and further into their thirties, it will be incredibly intriguing to see who bows out with the fuller trophy cabinet.

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

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