2018 Ballon d’Or: Ronaldo finishes second, Messi’s name missing in top 3


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Juventus forward, Cristiano Ronaldo will finish second in the Ballon d’Or race, according to Sky Sports Italia.

The newspaper also reported that Barcelona star, Lionel Messi will supposedly miss out on a place in the top three.

Ronaldo joined Juventus from Real Madrid in a £105million transfer back in July, and is aiming to win the Ballon d’Or for a stunning sixth time.

The Portugal captain has enjoyed a fine year so far, propelling Real Madrid to their third Champions League title on the trot before moving to Juventus.

His former teammate at Real Madrid, Luka Modric is the favourite to win the award having blossomed for club and country over the last 10 months.

French duo, Antoine Griezmann and Raphael Varane could also take the prize after helping their country win the World Cup in Russia.

Messi, who has helped Barcelona to the La Liga summit, is not to be discounted either,

However, Sky Sports claimed to have unearthed where Ronaldo and the others will finish, adding that Modric, who beat Ronaldo to the FIFA Best Player Award in September, will be crowned winner.

Griezmann will then finish third, Sky Italia claim.

This would mean that Messi will not finish on the podium for the first time since 2006 when his Barcelona career was only just really starting.

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