It’s that season again! The ballon d’or season, season of high hopes by fans, and over the past ten years, the season best described as “the clash of the titans”, has the scene dominated by the two football giants, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. Cristiano Ronaldo won the ballon d’or in 2008, and every year since then has either been Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo, leaving them at a tie of 5 ballon d’or awards each.
But right now, the narrative has been changed! In a direction nobody expected! Football fans who followed the last Champions’ league and saw the outstanding performance of Liverpool star, Mohamed Salah lowkey expected him to take the ballon d’or home this year. But due to an unfortunate incident that happened during the champions’ league final, *coughs* Sergio Ramos *coughs*, he could not perform as well as he would have liked in the World Cup which came soon after, to his chagrin, as well as the sorrow of his fans.
And out of nowhere, the ballon d’or was snatched from everybody by Real Madrid and Croatia midfielder Luka Modric. Now while we agree that Luka Modric had quite the year, what with Real Madrid winning the last Champions’ league, and Croatia getting to the World Cup finals, some people could say Modric deserved the Ballon d’Or.
— Beyond Kontrol (@sireharmony) December 4, 2018
Some people, however – like Cristiano Ronaldo’s sister who has reacted negatively to her brother’s ‘snub’ – seem to think there is question regarding the credibility of the Ballon d’Or,
Why did Cristiano Ronaldo not win the Ballon d’Or?
— Goal (@goal) December 4, 2018
And once again, the controversy is torn between Cristiano Ronaldo fans and Lionel Messi fans (they’re not taking it very well that Lionel Messi was last on the list, guys. They are not taking it well at all).
What do you think guys? Do you think Luka Modric deserved the Ballon d’Or over Messi and Ronaldo? Do you think it’s credible that Messi finished last? Do you think the Ronaldo-Messi winning streak is over for good?!