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With five Ballon d'Ors each, their domination began in 2008 with the Portuguese attacker winning as a Manchester United player.

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.

He also clinched the World Cup Golden Ball for best player of the tournament in Russian Federation.

Ronaldo, who joined Real Madrid from Juventus in the summer, came second.

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With Cristiano Ronaldo drawing a blank against Valencia, Lionel Messi reduced the gap between first and second to 15 goals with a brilliant strike in Barcelona's 2-1 away to PSV Eindhoven.

The Madrid number 10 has won it all this year, including the best player of last season's Champions League and FIFA's The Best award, which had only previously been won by Cristiano Ronaldo.

Speaking after picking up the award, Modric said: "It is a unique feeling".

Alongside the Ballon d'Or, the inaugural Trophee Kopa award was also handed out at the ceremony in Paris, with Paris Saint-Germain striker Kylian Mbappe scooping the award for best young player under the age of 21.

The victor of the 2018 Ballon d'Or will be announced at a ceremony in Paris on Monday.

The teenage talent has enjoyed a sensational year, winning a plethora of domestic titles with the Parisians, as well as lifting the World Cup with Les Bleus in Russian Federation over the summer. It will be the first time since since the 2007 Ballon d'Or, which was won by Kaka, will go to a new recipient.

Voting for the Ballon d'Or is conducted by an global panel of journalists who selected the victor from a list of 30 candidates.

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