Ballon d'Or 2018: The top 30 in full after Modric walks away with the top prize

From winner Luka Modric all the way down to Isco and Thibaut Courtois, we look at what the Ballon d'Or's top 30 did to impress in 2018.


Luka Modric has ended Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi's 10-year domination of the Ballon d'Or by claiming world football's most coveted individual prize.

Modric helped Real Madrid to their third consecutive Champions League trophy before the midfield maestro played a pivotal role in Croatia's surprise run to the World Cup final.

Ronaldo finished second, unable to add a sixth trophy to his collection, while France and Atletico Madrid's Antoine Griezmann completed a Messi-less top three.

Here, we look at how the jury voted to rank the players selected as the 30 best on the planet by France Football.

1) Luka Modric

After a decade dominated by superstar forwards, Modric strikes a blow for the little man. A delightful midfield creator who has operated at the top of the game throughout a wonderful career. Real Madrid and Croatia's years would have looked entirely different without him.

2) Cristiano Ronaldo

Unable to make it three in a row in the Ballon d'Or, Ronaldo did just that in the Champions League with Madrid, winning a third consecutive final against Liverpool and his fifth overall. A hat-trick in Portugal's 3-3 draw against Spain illuminated the opening days of the World Cup and the 33-year-old is already into double figures at Juventus.

3) Antoine Griezmann

One of the most consistent forwards in world football, Griezmann scored a brace as Atletico Madrid beat Marseille 3-0 in the Europa League final. A converted penalty in France's 4-2 World Cup final win over Croatia was his fourth of the tournament. Adding LaLiga or the Champions League with Atleti this season would give him a strong case to finish on the top step next time around.

4) Kylian Mbappe

Looks every inch a future winner of this award, possibly on multiple occasions. Torpedoed Messi's World Cup dreams with a virtuoso display for France against Argentina in Russia and a brilliant finish in the final was his fourth goal of the tournament. Firing Paris Saint-Germain to definitive Champions League performances is the next target for the 19-year-old.

5) Lionel Messi

In 2018, Messi has scored 41 goals and supplied 20 assists in 45 games across all competitions for Barcelona, his 61 goal involvements more than any other player in Europe's top five leagues. His relatively lowly place in the standings suggests such relentless brilliance is now simply taken for granted. A stunning goal against Nigeria was a rare highlight for him as Argentina's World Cup campaign faltered.