Neymar has named his three favourites for this year’s Ballon d’Or award, but snubbed The Best FIFA Men’s Player 2018 winner Luka Modric.
The Paris Saint-Germain superstar was recently asked who he thought has a chance of winning the coveted Ballon d’Or, which will be handed out by France Football later this year, and he opted against selecting Modric, despite the Real Madrid midfielder having already claimed both FIFA and UEFA’s main prizes this year.
“I would say (Cristiano) Ronaldo, (Lionel) Messi and (Kylian) Mbappe,” he told AS.
If he is right, it would be the first time since 2004 that there would be a different winner of the Ballon d’Or and FIFA’s The Best Men’s Player award, which was previously known as the FIFA World Footballer of the Year prize. Back then, Andriy Shevchenko won the Ballon d’Or, while Ronaldinho won FIFA’s equivalent.
Remember, between 2010 and 2016, FIFA and France Football linked up to present one joint award, the FIFA Ballon d’Or, but the two parties split up in 2016, so we now have two separate awards again.
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The 2018 Ballon d’Or will be handed out in December, and it remains to be seen whether or not Modric can complete his personal awards hat-trick.
Both Messi and Ronaldo have won the prestigious Golden Ball five times, with the Portuguese lifting it in four out of the past five years.