Ballon d’Or 2018: All the leaked results so far

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Debate about who should win the 2018 Ballon d'Or has largely focused on Kylian Mbappe, Luka Modric, Antoine Griezmann, Mohamed Salah, and how Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are not really in the frame following a 10-year duopoly of the iconic award.

Atletico Madrid and France star, Antoine Griezmann, has been pegged to be one of the favourites for the Ballon d'Or, and was recently tipped by a Spanish radio show to finish in the top three.

Starting from 2008, can you name the players who finished highest each year if we exclude Messi and Ronaldo?

Six members of the France side that triumphed in Russian Federation are among the 30 nominees for the award, which is organised by France Football magazine and voted for by 180 journalists from around the world.

With Modric emerging as the most likely victor, France coach Didier Deschamps was even asked this weekend if his country's World Cup triumph could be somehow devalued by the lack of a Ballon d'Or to go alongside it.

Ronaldo is reported to be runner-up with World Cup victor Antoine Griezmann third in the voting.

Defenders are often overlooked when it comes to individual accolades, with Italy World Cup winning captain Fabio Cannavaro the last to win the Ballon d'Or in 2006. But having already won FIFA's version of the best male player of the year award, Luka Modric looks set to end this memorable streak tonight.

Club influences aside, Modric would be a worthy victor, even if he lacks the incredible statistics of Ronaldo and Messi. And so, we round up what some of these leaks are saying so far, as to who will be crowned the victor of football's most prestigious personal award.

The ceremony is scheduled to start on at 7:45 pm local time, 12:15 am IST (Wednesday) and 6:45 pm GMT.

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