Leaked Ballon d’Or 2018 sheet claims Modric has floored Ronaldo

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A cover picture of the magazine with Modric featured has also gone viral…

Whilst Ballon d’Or organizers, France Football, started announcing the rank of all 30 candidates bit by bit on Twitter, a leaked sheet declared the full standings for the 2018 edition of the Beautiful Game’s most coveted individual prize.

With the official announcements on @FranceFootball mirroring the bottom half of the leaked list, Cristiano Ronaldo fans were quick to believe in the disappointing fact that the Portuguese superstar’s sixth Ballon d’Or trophy win would have to wait for at least another year.

According to the sheet, 2018 FIFA World Cup runner-up Luka Modric scooped 753 points, 277 more than second-placed Cristiano Ronaldo and 339 more than third-placed Antoine Griezmann. Explosive youngster Kylian Mbappe, who is known for idolizing CR7, is supposedly ranked fourth with 347 points while Lionel Messi, despite guiding Barcelona to a domestic double last season, occupies the fifth position with 2.68 times fewer votes than the reigning UEFA Best Player and Best FIFA Men’s Player awards winner.

Below is the full leaked rankings which started circulating on social media roughly three hours before the official revelation by France Football magazine:

1. Modric 753 points
2. Cristiano 476
3. Griezmann 414
4. Mbappé 347
5. Messi 280
6. Salah 188
7. Varane 121
8. Hazard 119
9. De Bruyne 29
10. Kane 25
11. Kanté 24
12. Neymar 19
13. Suarez 17
14. Courtois 12
15. Pogba 9
16. Aguero 7
17. Bale, Benzema 6
19. Firmino, Rakitic, Ramos 4

Ronaldo’s first professional club, Sporting CP, retaliated by tweeting a one-minute video of their eternal icon with the caption, “The Greatest of All Time”:

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