The Ballon d’Or is an annual football award presented by france football. It has been awarded since 1956, although between 2010 and 2015, an agreement was made with FIFA and the award was temporarily merged with the FIFA world player of the year, and known as the FIFA Ballon d’Or
Current holder : Luka Modric
Luka modric is a croatian professional footballer who plays for Spanish giant Real Madrid as a midfielder and also the captain of his national team.
Modric is been regarded as one of the greatest midfielders to play the game and also the greatest croatian footballer of all time
Full Name : luka modric
Date Of Birth : 9 September 1985
Place Of Birth : Zadar, SR Croatia, SFR Yugoslavia
Height : 1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position : Midfielder
Current club : Real Madrid
Jersey No : 10
Luka modric became the first ballon d’or holder to miss out from the 30 man shortlist after a miserable season , individually and collectively with his club Real Madrid
He won the 2018 edition ahead of Cr. Ronaldo and Lionel Messi , after helping croatia to 2018 FIFA world cup final which they lost to France. And also being a vital/and very important player to Real Madrid helping them clinch the UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE three times in a roll
Since winning the last edition, the decline in form has been so sharp for all to see ,as the croatian super star now finds it difficult to retain his form
He has been missing in action for Real Madrid due to injuries
Most of Real Madrid players failed to reach there pick ,compared to last season perfomers collectively and individually .but the difference in modric case was brutally obvious as the current balloon d’or holder , alot was expected from him. He said in an interview ‘ arriving back so late really affected my season both physically and mentally ‘ you can get the physical side back ,but mentally, i had a very inconsistent season. It was my last chance to do something amazing with croatia and the physical effort was enormous
He won the Golden ball at the 2018 FIFA world cup , as croatia finished runners-up to france . and achieve a fit no player has done since KAKA in 2007 (beating Ronaldo and messi to win the ballon d’or )
Now modric exclusion from the 30 man shortlist , has spark some question .
Some feel he deserved the award last year , while some feels he didn’t deserve the award at all due to his lack of consistency .
But in all , he has made history that can never be forgotten in football ,
Firstly becoming the first player to take the award from Ronaldo and Messi
Secondly becoming the first player to miss out from the 30 man shortlist as the current holder .