Cristiano Ronaldo’s sister blames ‘mafia’ for Ballon d’Or snub

Cristiano Ronaldo’s sister blames ‘mafia’ for Ballon d’Or snub

The Men's Ballon d'Or - first presented in 1956 - was won by Croatia and Real Madrid playmaker Luka Modric.

The Croatian captain's father, Stipe choked back tears in a moving tribute as his son broke a ten year duopoly held by Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, to be crowned as the world's best player.

Interestingly, the 33-year-old Modric has entered the record books as the oldest recipient of the award, and also the first player in history to receive the World Cup Golden Ball, UEFA Men's Player, FIFA Best Men's Player and Ballon d'Or in the same year.

Ronaldo was a distant second, with France and Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann completing the podium. France's teen star Kylian Mbappe was fourth, with Messi fifth.

The root of it is the fact that of all the nominees put forward by France Football, the publication presiding over the Ballon d'Or, Varane is the only one who has won both the World Cup and the Champions League this year. Hindustan Times delivers the news across all social media platforms, on the web, and at your doorstep. "They are the future".

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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With 219 goals in 215 games so far in her career, Hegerberg is a sensation in women's football.

Hegerberg answered "no" after Solveig asked her in French to do the provocative dance.

The 2018 Ballon d'Or victor will be announced by France Football on Monday 3rd December.

"Maybe in the past there were some players who could have won the Ballon d'Or like Xavi, [Andres] Iniesta or, I don't know, [Wesley] Sneijder, but it didn't happen".

"You've seen that I prepared a little celebration for Kylian (Mbappe) so we said we're going to do something similar". "I want to end this speech with a message to all young girls in the world".

"It was a really special year for me". I don't think the respect has been there.

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