The award for the best soccer player in the world was given out yesterday to Luka Modric of Real Madrid and Croatia. It’s the first time a Croatian won the award (ESPN embarrassingly said it’s the second after Nedved, who is Czech) It’s been widely speculated for a while, and pretty well deserved. Ronaldo finished 2nd, Griezmann 3rd, Mbappe 4th, and Messi 5th.
The last time someone other than Ronaldo or Messi won the award was 2007 (they finished second and third that year). Is this the end of their era, or will one of them squeak out a 6th before their careers are over? Given there’s no WC next year it seems likely that the 2019 winner will be on the CL winning team so I wouldn’t rule either out and would think they’re both more likely than, say, Neymar, Hazard, or Mbappe.