Cristiano Ronaldo’s sister blames ‘mafia’ for Ballon d’Or snub

Cristiano Ronaldo’s sister blames ‘mafia’ for Ballon d’Or snub

Cristiano Ronaldo’s sister blames ‘mafia’ for Ballon d’Or snub

He has won the Champions League four times with Madrid.

The Ballon d'Or, voted for by journalists and organized by French magazine France Football, has been dominated by Barcelona's Messi and Ronaldo, first when he was at Manchester United and subsequently with Real Madrid, since 2008.

The victor of the Ballon d'Or 2018 is Real Madrid and Croatia midfielder Luka Modric, adding to his awards as FIFA's The Best and the World Cup's Golden Ball.The 33-year-old has entered the history books, ending 10 years of duopoly dominance by Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

"The club show me a lot of affection and I'd like to retire at Real Madrid. My family enjoy it and I want to keep enjoying this huge club", quoted Modric, as saying. "God takes his time but he doesn't fail", she wrote with an image of Ronaldo holding one of the five Ballon d'Or awards he has won in his illustrous career. Modric, 33, won his third successive Champions League in May before helping Croatia to a first World Cup final.

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"Maybe in the past there were some players who could have won the Ballon d'Or like Xavi, [Andres] Iniesta or, I don't know, [Wesley] Sneijder, but it didn't happen".

"I think it's a victory for football tonight". He guided the Croatian team to the World Cup final, only to see the side ultimately losing 2-4 to France. "It didn't happen, this is a great feeling to win at least this, and very happy for it".

"But, like I told you, I would change all of this for a World Cup".

Modric and Real Madrid are back in action on Thursday against Melilla in the Copa del Rey.

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