Manchester City have two players in the top 30 of this year's Ballon d'Or rankings according to results that have been leaked early from the ongoing award ceremony.
While Ronaldo won another Champions League with Real Madrid in a typically prolific year, and Messi continues to mesmerise for Barcelona, both are now in their 30s and neither really stamped their authority on the World Cup in Russian Federation.
Few weeks after winning the Federation Internationale de Football Association best men's player prize for helping his national team reach their first ever World Cup final in Russia.
The superstar forward made the move to Juventus in July and team-mate Matuidi backed Ronaldo to win the Ballon d'Or on Monday.
Defenders are often overlooked when it comes to individual accolades, with Italy World Cup winning captain Fabio Cannavaro the last to win the Ballon d'Or in 2006.
That was just the beginning as he went on to be crowned by France Football, ending 10 years of dominance by Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi to enter the history books. But having already won FIFA's version of the best male player of the year award, Luka Modric looks set to end this memorable streak tonight.
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The function was full of fun and frolic with not only the families but the bride and groom too dancing with an abandon. In the pictures, one can all the members of Jonas family and Chopra family dressed in colour coutures.
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Priyanka Chopra , 36, and Nick Jonas , 26, got engaged in a private roka ceremony in Mumbai in August this year. The next much-awaited wedding of the year is that of the global icon Priyanka Chopra and her beau Nick Jonas .
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This season they have been far more threatening, however, scoring a total of 20 goals scored in 13 games to buck the trend. They don't have the same respect for us that they have for Man City, for example.
Speaking after picking up the award, Modric said: "It is a unique feeling".
Despite the impressive statistics, Ronaldo is expected to miss out on the Ballon d'Or tonight.
France global and Paris Saint-Germain striker Kylian Mbappe has won the inaugural Kopa Trophy for the best Under-21 player.
Mbappe also clinched the FIFA World Cup "Best Young Player Award" and was named in the Ligue 1 'Team of the Year'.
The talented tyro's exploits saw him net 32 goals and register 13 assists across all competitions for club and country, as he also became the second teenager, after Brazil legend Pele, to score in a World Cup Final. Canadian forward Christine Sinclair was one of 15 players up for the women's Ballon d'Or, which was won by Norway's Ada Hegerberg.
Among all the awards the victor of the women's Ballon d'Or was also announced, and Ada Hegerberg took the accolade after her performances for Lyon and Norway saw the former clinch the Champions League title.