Cristiano Ronaldo set to boycott this year's Ballon d'Or ceremony


Real Madrid ace Luka Modric is the bookies' hot favourite to secure glory after he helped guide Croatia to the World Cup final in Russian Federation.

The annual football award, presented by France Football, has been dominated by Messi and Ronaldo for the past decade, with each clinching the accolade five times apiece since 2008.

With Ronaldo leading the way, Juve have made a strong start to the season, sitting eight points clear atop the Serie A and moving into the Champions League knockout round.

Apart from Ronaldo, Modric and Antoinne Griezmann makes the three man shortlist for the prize this year - leaving Barcelona's Lionel Messi out of the equation.

That was just the beginning as he went on to be crowned by France Football, ending 10 years of dominance by Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi to enter the history books. "I have sensational feelings in me at the moment which I find hard to describe".

Despite the impressive statistics, Ronaldo is expected to miss out on the Ballon d'Or tonight.

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Alongside the Ballon d'Or, the inaugural Trophee Kopa award was also handed out at the ceremony in Paris, with Paris Saint-Germain striker Kylian Mbappe scooping the award for best young player under the age of 21.

The teenage talent has enjoyed a sensational year, winning a plethora of domestic titles with the Parisians, as well as lifting the World Cup with Les Bleus in Russian Federation over the summer.

The 33-year-old has already lost two major awards to his former teammate Luka Modric earlier this year.

Varane played every minute of France's victorious World Cup campaign, even captaining the team in the draw with Denmark that ensured they topped the Group C, while he also later scored the crucial opening goal in the 2-0 quarter final win over Uruguay. Canadian forward Christine Sinclair was one of 15 players up for the women's Ballon d'Or, which was won by Norway's Ada Hegerberg.

Voting for the Ballon d'Or is conducted by an global panel of journalists who selected the victor from a list of 30 candidates.