Former Real Madrid Star Ronaldo And Barcelona Rival Lionel Messi are set to be excluded from the Ballon d’or race as preliminary round of voting reveals.
The duo have been at the pinnacle of the world stage for over a decade with many calling for the trend to be ended in recent times, with Modric winning the recent FIFA Men’s Best Award earlier in September this year.
Many however believe an abysmal World Cup for both players is the reason for this drop from the top three for the Ballon Do’r.
According to French radio journalist Eric Mamruth, neither Ronaldo nor Messi is in contention to win sixth title as they are not in the top three spots for the contention.
Paris Saint Germain forward Kylain Mbappe and Raphael Varane in the second and third positions respectively.
Although, the vote counting process is not concluded, the current results are said to be astonishing with the both Messi and Ronaldo missing in action.
Meanwhile, legends like Thierry Henry have voiced their opinions saying a Frenchman deserves to win the award after winning their second World Cup in Russia earlier this year.
“I think it would be a shame if a French player does not win the Ballon d’Or, apart from Eden Hazard because he was extraordinary at every Wold Cup match – defensively and on the counter-attack,” Henry said.
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So who do you think will win the Ballon do’r this year? Your guess is as good as mine but one thing is for sure, We are going to have a new winner for the first time in 10 years.