The much-awaited Ballon d’Or award was awarded on Monday, 3rd of December in Paris, France. The ceremony also saw the launch of two new individual awards called Kopa Trophy, for the best young player and Women Ballon d’Or for the first time. The World Best Young Player award was lifted by PSG teen sensation Kylian Mbappe. The first Women Best Player award was lifted by Norwegian Lyon forward Ada Hegerberg. However, the conversation is about the Male Best Player award. Take a look at this final list for more.
7. Raphael Varane- Shock
Champions League ✔️
World Cup ✔️
— Eurosport UK (@Eurosport_UK) December 3, 2018
Raphael Varane final position on the Ballon d’Or race in 2018 is probably shocking to many because on paper and on the pitch, he deserved the most. He is the only player who lifted both UEFA Champions League with Real Madrid and World Cup with France. He deserved it but as a defender, it is always very tough to get close.
6. Mohamed Salah- Maybe
— Soccer Laduma (@Soccer_Laduma) December 4, 2018
Mohamed Salah maybe deserved to be in the top seven but not ahead of Raphael Varane. The Liverpool winger scored many goals to help his club reach UEFA Champions League final but they were defeated by Real Madrid. He also had a terrible World Cup with Egypt where his country lost all group matches.
5. Lionel Messi- Shock
The biggest shock of the night was obviously Lionel Messi finishing fifth on the list. How is that even possible any day? The five-times Ballon d’Or winner had a better year than many were made to believe.
RT Sporf: 🇦🇷 Lionel Messi in 2018:
🏟 Games: 70
⚽ Goals: 60
🎯 Assists: 24
🏆 La Liga
🏆 Copa Del Rey
🏆 Supercopa de España
🥇 European Golden Boot
🤯 Ranked 5th in Ballon D'Or awards pic.twitter.com/S6WsXosQSm
— Malinovskiy (@Kizengeles) December 3, 2018
This award is about individual brilliance. Messi lifted both La Liga (Pichichi) and European Golden Boot in 2018. He was also named Player of the year and forward of the year in Spain. He helped Barcelona lift La Liga and Copa Del Rey double. He scored most goals and most assists in 2017/18 season in Europe among many more. Argentina failed to do well in the World Cup but he can’t do it alone. He surely deserved better than 5th.
4. Kylian Mbappe- 3rd Runners-up
Trophée KOPA 🏆✅ pic.twitter.com/eWAyrgcuGV
— Kylian Mbappé (@KMbappe) December 3, 2018
Ballon d’Or organizers France Football had to launch a new award to make sure French teen sensation Kylian Mbappe goes home with something. The 19-year-old won the new Kopa Award meant for upcoming youngsters.
In 2018, he won a quadruple with PSG and scored 4 goals to help France win the World Cup. In the Ballon d’Or race, he finished fourth ahead of Messi, Salah and Varane. On an individual level, did he deserve that position? Be the judge.