Florentino Perez's personal request to Messi & Ronaldo after 2018 Ballon d'Or


History was made at the 2018 Ballon d'Or awards ceremony on Monday night.

Lyon and Norway striker Ada Hederberg was crowned the first winner of the women's Ballon d'Or after winning a third-consecutive UEFA Women's Champions League.

Hederberg also guided Lyon to Division 1 Feminine glory in France last season having scored 31 goals in 20 games.

As for the men's Ballon d'Or, Luka Modric became the first player to win the award that wasn't Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo since 2007.

Kaka was the last player to achieve the feat and in the 10 years since Messi and Ronaldo have dominated, winning the Ballon d'Or five times each.

But Modric deserved his victory. Like Hederberg, the 33-year-old completed a hat-trick of Champions League titles with Real Madrid and took Croatia to the World Cup final.

Ronaldo, who came third in the Ballon d'Or rankings, also won the Champions League but didn't have much success with Portugal in the summer.

As for Messi, the Argentine scored more goals than anyone in Europe last season and won the domestic double with Barcelona, but that was only enough to come fifth.

Whether the right decision was actually made, though, is entirely subjective.


Modric may have won the Champions League (again) and reached the World Cup final, but the Ballon d'Or is usually awarded to the best player in the world, which the Croatian is not.

Team achievements played a huge role in this year's Ballon d'Or and very few players can claim to have had as good a year as Modric on that front.

So, is Messi and Ronaldo's dominance finally over? Most likely not, but it's certainly the end of an era where the Ballon d'Or is concerned.

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And that's why, according to AS, Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has personally requested that they watch this Sunday's Copa Libertadores final at the Bernabeu in his box.

Messi and Ronaldo watching a game together in the same room at Real Madrid's stadium - who would have thought it?

Perez's request is said to be a gesture of respect to Messi and Ronaldo after the way they've dominated football over the past decade, which is pretty class.

Can't imagine the conversation will be flowing, though.

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