From Benzema to Courtois: The most bizarre 2018 Ballon d'Or picks


Luka Modric has won the 2018 Ballon d'Or award with the Croat dominating the voting system accumulating 753 points.

This year's competition also saw some surprise positioning. Five-time winner Lionel Messi, who had been at least a runner-up for the last ten years finished fifth.

Harry Kane propped up the top ten while Kevin de Bruyne, Eden Hazard and Mohamed Salah also represented the Premier League ninth, eight and sixth respectively.

Despite the official results, countries from all over the globe voted for their top five and the results were somewhat surprising.

Modric managed to win by a huge margin of 267 votes, but not every nation picked the 33-year-old at all let alone as their winner.

Aguero was deemed Ballon d'Or worthy by two countries

Saint Kitts and Nevis chose Neymar as their main man with Sergio Ramos, Luis Suarez, Allisson Becker and Sergio Aguero completing their top five - none of these even featured in the overall top ten.

Kyrgyzstan went left field with Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois as their top pick while Mongolia's pick was slightly more conventional in French wonder kid and Kopa award winner Kylian Mbappe.


Grenada also went for Manchester City striker Aguero but as their Ballon d'Or winner, not picking a single member of the French World Cup winning squad in the process.

Harry Kane's impressive season along with his Golden Boot award at the World Cup earnt him first prize on the South Pacific Island of Vanuatu.


A huge surprise was Lionel Messi's positions in his homeland Argentina and the country he has played his football in for 14 years, Spain.

Messi was only a worth a third-place finish according to the Argentines whereas the Spanish agreed with the overall vote, leaving the Barcelona forward in fifth. 

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The biggest shock when the results were revealed was the Ballon d'Or winner in the eyes of the Central African Republic.

The French-speaking nation did put a Frenchman at the top of their list but not a member of the World Cup winning squad.


Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema claimed first place on the list despite only scoring five league goals last season. Mario Mandzukic was also a surprise inclusion, finishing fifth.

Henry Winter of the Times represented England for the award, picking Modric and Ronaldo has first and second while Messi pipped Griezmann to third and Real Madrid defender Rafael Varane completed the list.


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