Victor of 2018 Ballon d'Or revealed

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Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo is reportedly planning to boycott this year's Ballon d'Or award ceremony having learnt about the victor.

He was named in the Champions League "Team of the Season" and won the UEFA "Midfielder of the Season".

Harry Kane, the only English player on the 30-man shortlist, ranked 10th in the poll after winning the World Cup Golden Boot in Russian Federation as he captained England to their best finish in 28 years.

Defenders are often overlooked when it comes to individual accolades, with Italy World Cup winning captain Fabio Cannavaro the last to win the Ballon d'Or in 2006.

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Modric, 33, finished ahead of Juventus' Ronaldo and Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann for the prize, leaving Messi, who was fifth, outside the top three for the first time since 2006.

The award, which began in 1956, was selected by a panel of worldwide journalists, which included just one representative from each country. "I have sensational feelings in me at the moment which I find hard to describe".

Buoyed by his home country's FIFA World Cup win in Russian Federation where he won the Man of the Match award for his goal-scoring exploits in the competition's final game, the forward has made the list of very few players who could actually win the award. The 19-year-old became the second-youngest to ever score in a World Cup final as he helped France to their second title this summer.

The Portuguese superstar also equalled a 61-year-old Juve record.

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Among all the awards the victor of the women's Ballon d'Or was also announced, and Ada Hegerberg took the accolade after her performances for Lyon and Norway saw the former clinch the Champions League title.

The 2018 Ballon d'Or will be awarded on Monday, and for the first time in a decade, it might go to a new player.

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