Messi and Ronaldo fans slam organisers of Ballon d'Or

Florence Fletcher
December 5, 2018

The pair were also nominated for this year's award in a 30-strong shortlist that also featured the likes of France's World Cup winners Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann and Modric's Croatian teammates Ivan Rakitic and Mario Mandzukic. He was voted player of the tournament.

Real Madrid's Luka Modric, FIFA's footballer of the year, will not face charges of giving false testimony in the criminal trial of his former boss at Dinamo Zagreb, who was convicted in June of evading tax and siphoning transfer fees from the club.

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

Cristiano Ronaldo's sisters blamed the mafia for their brother failing to win his sixth Ballon d'Or but one journalist thinks that it's all because he's not playing for Real Madrid anymore.

For the first time since 2006, the Argentine was not even in the top three (he came fifth).

On a historic evening in Paris, the ceremony had a women's category for the first time since its inception in 1956, with Norway's Ada Hegerberg crowned the inaugural women's Ballon d'Or victor.

The 27-year-old had another stellar season, lifting the World Cup with France and leading Atletico to a Europa League triumph as well as a second-place finish in La Liga and many felt he had an outside shot at winning the Ballon d'Or.

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The Ballon d'Or was first awarded in 1956 and was partnered with soccer's world governing body Federation Internationale de Football Association under the title "The Best" from 2010 to 2015, until becoming its own entity again.

Kerr also helped Australia reach the AFC Women's Asian Cup final, which the Matildas lost to Japan in April, and has scored eight goals in 19 global appearances this calendar year. Hegerberg refused and quickly left the stage. Kylian Mbappe, France's teenage star, was fourth and also collected the Kopa award for the best under-21 player.

"I want to say thanks to France Football. It's a huge step for women's football", Hegerberg said.

He tweeted: "I explained to @AdaStolsmo the buzz and she told me she understood it was a joke".

"I admired him and I respected him a lot when he was a player".

"Sometimes you have to take tough decisions to stay true to yourself. I do not know".

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