Full Ballon d’Or rankings revealed – Modric wins by a landslide, while Messi doesn’t even break top three

Full Ballon d’Or rankings revealed – Modric wins by a landslide, while Messi doesn’t even break top three

Somehow, Messi only came fifth

For the first time in over 10 years, Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo didn’t win the highly coveted Ballon d’Or award. Real Madrid and Croatia midfielder Luka Modric scooped football’s most prestigious individual prize, with Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo finishing second and Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann finishing third.

Having won the Champions League for the third consecutive season in May, and guiding Croatia to the final of the World Cup in June, Modric’s efforts for both club and country haven’t gone unnoticed. The 33-year-old picked up both the UEFA Men’s Player of the Year and Best FIFA Men’s Player award earlier this year, with him now making history as the first ever Croatian player to win the Ballon d’Or.

Somehow though, Lionel Messi didn’t even break the top three, finishing fifth behind Modric, Ronaldo, Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe. Considering his stats last season, it’s quite astounding that the Barcelona playmaker failed to win the award, let a lone fail to make the top three. Messi finished last term as La Liga’s top goalscorer (again), netting 34 league goals.

He also finished as Europe’s top overall goalscorer (45 goals), registered more assists than anyone else (18) and scored the most free-kicks (7). The stats don’t end there however, as the Argentinian magician also created 94 chances (more than anyone else), made 80 key passes, and successfully completed over 200 take-ons. The 31-year-old also collected the Man of the Match award in six of the eight Champions League he featured in last term, while Modric achieved it in none of his 11 Champions League matches.

Aside from all this, congratulations are in order to Modric and it’s refreshing to see somebody else win the award. We can’t help but feel it was done simply because it had to be though, just to freshen things up a little. And if you look at the cold, hard stats, it’s extremely clear that Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo should have yet again made up the top two.

Below are the full Ballon d’Or rankings, which shows just how vast the gap between Modric and everyone else was.

  • 1. Luka Modric (Croatia/Real Madrid), 753 points
  • 2. Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal/Real Madrid & Juventus), 478 points
  • 3. Antoine Griezmann (France/Atletico Madrid), 414 points
  • 4. Kylian Mbappé (France/PSG), 347 points
  • 5. Lionel Messi (Argentina/FC Barcelona), 280 points
  • 6. Mohamed Salah (Egypt/Liverpool), 188 points
  • 7. Raphael Varane (France/Real Madrid), 121 points
  • 8. Eden Hazard (Belgium/Chelsea), 119 points
  • 9. Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium/Manchester City), 29 points
  • 10. Harry Kane (England/Tottenham), 25 points
  • 11. N’Golo Kanté (France/Chelsea), 24 points
  • 12. Neymar (Brazil/PSG), 19 points
  • 13 Luis Suárez (Uruguay/FC Barcelona), 17 points
  • 14. Thibaut Courtois (Belgium/Chelsea & Real Madrid), 12 points
  • 15. Paul Pogba (France/Manchester United), 9 points
  • 16. Sergio Agüero (Argentina/Manchester City), 7 points
  • 17. Gareth Bale (Wales/Real Madrid), 6 points
  • 17. Karim Benzema (France/Real Madrid), 6 points
  • 19. Roberto Firmino (Brazil/Liverpool), 4 points
  • 19. Ivan Rakitic (Croatia/FC Barcelona), 4 points
  • 19. Sergio Ramos (Spain/Real Madrid), 4 points
  • 22. Edinson Cavani (Uruguay/PSG), 3 points
  • 22. Sadio Mané (Senegal/Liverpool), 3 points
  • 22. Marcelo (Brazil/Real Madrid), 3 points
  • 25. Alisson (Brazil/AS Roma & Liverpool), 2 points
  • 25. Mario Mandzukic (Croatia/Juventus), 2 points
  • 25. Jan Oblak (Slovenia/Atletico Madrid), 2 points
  • 28. Diego Godín (Uruguay/Atlético Madrid), 1 point