Ballon d’Or 2018: Cristiano Ronaldo hits another impressive milestone

Raphale Varane Kylian Mbappe Antoine Greizmann Luka Modric N'Golo Kante- hopefuls for the 2018 Balon d'Or Award

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In the run-up to the gala, several publications have claimed that the top three Ballon d'Or shortlist had been leaked, with each one naming a different trio.

World Cup winners Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe occupy the third and fourth spots while Lionel Messi finds himself in a lowly fifth position.

Manchester City have two players in the top 30 of this year's Ballon d'Or rankings according to results that have been leaked early from the ongoing award ceremony.

Liverpool's Mohamed Salah - who became the Premier League's all-time goalscorer for a 38 game season - was also in serious contention after his goalscoring form helped the Reds reach the Champions League final, as was Spurs striker Harry Kane, who won the Golden Boot at the World Cup.

The ex-Real Madrid ace, who move to Juventus in the summer, bagged the Old Lady's second goal in their 3-0 win over Fiorentina this weekend.

This means that the 33-year-old playmaker will break the dominance of Lionel Messi and Ronaldo in the last decade. "I have sensational feelings in me at the moment which I find hard to describe".

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For his part, Fury wasn't initiating much offense either but was still winning rounds with his long jab and occasional right hand. A hard overhand right to the side of Fury's head dropped the Englishman for the first time in the fight.

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

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.

In September, Modric was handed the FIFA Men's Best Player award from FIFA president Gianni Infantino and the former Spurs midfielder has completed a stellar year by adding the most prestigious individual prize in football to his collection at a ceremony in Paris.

His incredible goal in the final even made him the second teenager in history to score in a World Cup final. It will be the first time since since the 2007 Ballon d'Or, which was won by Kaka, will go to a new recipient.

"There is only one player that has won the Champions League and the World Cup and he is called Varane", three-time Ballon d'Or victor Michel Platini said last month.

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