Modric wins the Ballon d'Or ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo and Griezmann

From left to right- Luka Modric Ada Hegerberg and Kylian Mbappe

From left to right- Luka Modric Ada Hegerberg and Kylian Mbappe

AS has obtained the list which displays the winners hours before the actual announcement is set to take place.

A leaked image of the results suggest Juventus superstar Cristiano Ronaldo will finish second.

Also on Monday, Mbappe was named the first-ever victor of the Kopa Trophy as the world's best under-21 player.

The annual football award, presented by France Football, has been dominated by Messi and Ronaldo for the past decade, with each clinching the accolade five times apiece since 2008.

Like Griezmann, the 19-year-old played a crucial role in France's World Cup winning team in Russian Federation, having scored 4 goals (including one in the finals) to win him the competition's Young Player Award.

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The rest of the top 10 was rounded out by Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain and France), Lionel Messi (Barcelona and Argentina), Mohamed Salah (Liverpool and Egypt), Raphael Varane (Real Madrid and France), Eden Hazard (Chelsea and Belgium), Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City and Belgium) and Harry Kane (Tottenham and England).

The Italian news media also said that both Ronaldo and Griezmann will not be in attendance at the gala on Monday, December 3. The two parted ways in 2016 and have given out separate awards since.

The year of 2018 has been the year of Luka Modric and there is no better evidence than with the Ballon d'Or victory.

In September, Modric was handed the FIFA Men's Best Player award from FIFA president Gianni Infantino and the former Spurs midfielder has completed a stellar year by adding the most prestigious individual prize in football to his collection at a ceremony in Paris.

Modric helped Croatia reached the final of the 2018 FIFA World Cup during the summer.

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