France Football journalist Pascal Ferré, has reportedly revealed that the Ballon d’Or winner has already been notified by the publication.
With the prestigious Ballon d’Or ceremony fast approaching next Monday, there has been a report according to Marca that the winner has already been notified as the tradition mandates.
The award fused with FIFA for a few years between 2010 and 2015, which was a time in which the prestigious France Football magazine decided that it was best if there was only one individual award that recognized the best player in the world instead of two.
However, unrest among the journalist community pushed the Ballon d’Or to be separated once again in the year 2016 and thus the FIFA The Best award was also created.
But the traditional prize given by France Football returned to its roots, this year’s ceremony might see history being made as it could be the very first time in the last 11 years, that neither Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo could receive the distinction.
It has already been confirmed that the FC Barcelona player won’t even be in the podium, with several reports suggesting that it will be completed by Cristiano Ronaldo, Luka Modric, and Antoine Griezmann.
Le podium du Ballon d'Or selon la radio espagnole "Onda Cero" :
🥇 Luka MODRIC
🥈 Cristiano RONALDO
🥉 Antoine GRIEZMANN pic.twitter.com/h4X2mrTlTa
— BeFoot (@_BeFoot) November 28, 2018
Initially, there were even rumors that suggested that the Juventus forward was also missing from the podium but it appears that he beat the likes of Kylian Mbappé and Raphael Varane to the final three despite scrutiny from various voters.
The final list is the same one that the vast majority of predictions were suggesting, with both Antoine Griezmann and Luka Modric as the clear favorites to win the trophy.
But a report from Diario AS has confirmed that France Football journalist, Pascal Ferré, has already revealed to the readers that the winner of this year’s award has already been notified.
As it’s tradition even before the prize fused with FIFA, the members of the publication usually disclose the news to the winner a week in advance in order to make the preparations for the event that takes place in the city of Paris.
When the award is given to the recipient, the ceremony is usually in a very intimate setting and it doesn’t include a lot of attendants to it.
Although there have been some exceptions, like the one in which Cristiano Ronaldo was honored at the Eiffel Tower.
— Onda Cero (@OndaCero_es) November 27, 2018
Luka Modric, the likely winner of the award
Turns out that Onda Cero revealed some alleged privileged information about the award, they are convinced that France Football will give Luka Modric the 2018 Ballon d’Or next Monday and he has already been notified.
Spanish journalist Hector Fernandez has confirmed this information through the media outlet for which he works, radio program Radio Estadio from Onda Cero.
The pundit disclosed that the Croatian midfielder has won the voting for the award, with Cristiano Ronaldo finishing in second place and Antoine Griezmann in third.
If this information turns out to be true, there will be massive outrage in France because the prize won’t be given to a World Cup champions this year.
This situation is very similar to the one that took place back in 2010, when Lionel Messi won the award above World Cup champions Andres Iniesta and Xavi Hernandez.
But nothing has been made official yet, the ceremony will take place next Monday in Paris.
The little smile that Luka Modric did when I told him that allegedly won Ballon d’Or pic.twitter.com/CV2dC6tZGS
— Tancredi Palmeri (@tancredipalmeri) November 27, 2018
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