‘Messi’s fifth place is absurd’: Barca coach Valverde on Ballon d’Or vote

Cristiano Ronaldo

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.

Modric picked up 753 points, which left him well ahead of second-placed Ronaldo (476 points) and Atletico Madrid's Antoine Griezmann (414 points). Messi who finished fifth received just 280 votes losing to Modric by huge margins.

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

Croatia midfielder Luka Modric was a deserved victor of the Ballon d'Or award after a "wonderful year" for both club and country, Real Madrid coach Santiago Solari said on Wednesday.

"I will not get into discussing the inconsistencies of the prize", Valverde was quoted as saying by Reuters.

Ronaldo had already seen his FIFA Best Award passed to the Croatia worldwide earlier this season, with the Ballon d'Or having now headed the same way.

Needless to say, it shows numerous examples from down the years of Messi humiliating the current Ballon d'Or holder when they've gone head-to-head.

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

Wenger had the chance to sign Modric but the Frenchman rejected the player.

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