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Croatian Star, Luka Modric Tipped To Win The Ballon d’Or In Paris Today.

Luka Modric is being tipped to win the Ballon d’Or on Monday night – and end ­Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi’s decade of dominance. Real Madrid’s Croatian star won the Champions League for a third year in a row and led his ­nation to the World Cup final.

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It crowned a glorious year for Modric, 33, who looks set to edge out Ronaldo – while Messi could even miss out on making the top three this time.

Juventus striker Ronaldo, 33, and 31-year-old Barcelona superstar Messi have each won the honour five times since 2008.

Ex-Brazil star Kaka was the last player other than Messi or ­Ronaldo to win the award.

Messi’s potential omission caused ­astonishment from his Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde with the Argentinian ­regarded by many as the best of all time.

Valverde said: “Messi was the best player in the first week, ­second week and fifth week of the Champions League this ­season.

“He must have played really badly in the third and fourth week, then… Ah, no, he was ­injured!

“What can we say? We can ­congratulate the players who are in the top three. It is a little bit strange, but there you are.”

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