Ronaldo deserved Ballon d'Or - Allegri

Ronaldo deserved Ballon d'Or – Allegri

The 33-year-old and Modric helped Madrid win a third straight Champions League in 2018, while the midfielder also guided Croatia to a World Cup final.

The superstar forwards, who had won the prestigious individual accolade in every year since 2008, were dethroned this year by Luka Modric.

Modric got 753 points, followed by Ronaldo on 476, Atletico Madrid's Antoine Griezmann with 414 and Paris St-Germain's Kylian Mbappe was fourth with 347, ahead of Messi on 280.

After the FC Barcelona captain's surprising fifth-place ranking, both football icons have now finished in the top three a record 11 times.

Messi is a five-time victor of the prize and shared the previous 10 with long-time rival Cristiano Ronaldo but saw Real Madrid's Luka Modric top the 2018 poll on Tuesday (AEDT).

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"[We should] be able to punch even higher above our weight, to hopefully be fighting for that third place". But it was typically a lonely fourth place.

"I'm not going to get into that, whether it's right or wrong how an award ended up", Valverde said.

"But I think that this can be a motivation to do even better this season and win the next Ballon d'Or with Juventus".

While clearly an extremely biased video - the YouTuber responsible for the video is named "MessiTheBoss" - it shows that the Argentina global has made light work of ghosting past the Croatian whenever they've met.

"We congratulate Modric for winning the Ballon d'Or but Messi being in fifth place is absurd", he added.

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