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The superstar forward made the move to Juventus in July and team-mate Matuidi backed Ronaldo to win the Ballon d'Or on Monday.

After already being voted the World Cup's best player as well as FIFA's player of the season, Luka Modric is now the clear favourite to win the Ballon d'Or 2018 award. Following him is his compatriot Antoine Griezmann with 9 points - World Cup, a Europa League and three man of the match performances at the WC.

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If the leak turns out to be true, Modric, 33, would break the Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi cartel that has dominated the award for the last decade.

While the last few months have seen varied opinions on the victor of the award, players who are featured on France Football's thirty-man shortlist have also given their verdict on the issue.

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The failures of both Argentina and Portugal in Russian Federation have damaged the chances of the Barcelona and Juventus duo, who have dominated the individual awards in the last ten years.

Messi, despite being two years younger than Ronaldo, was actually the first man to overtake Raul's previous record of 71 goals, when he scored a hat-trick against APOEL back in November 2014.

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Speaking to France Football, Modric said, "I would put Antoine Griezmann in pole position in terms of the three Frenchmen, for all he has achieved this year". "And in the third and fourth he must have played badly. or, I don't know, he was injured", he added, sarcastically. "The important thing for me is to be in the field as I have been for months".

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