Messi's fifth place in Ballon d'Or vote absurd, Barca coach says

Luka Modric,Cristiano Ronaldo,Lionel Messi

"It's Modric's year. The focus has to be on him".

He was, however, to finish second in the vote behind former Real Madrid team-mate Luka Modric .

Paris Saint-Germain starlet Kylian Mbappe finished fourth with 347 points, while Messi came fifth but only managed to pick up 280 points.

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

Argentina football icon Messi, who has five Ballon d'Or awards under his belt, was ranked fifth in the 2018 vote, finishing behind Cristiano Ronaldo, Antoine Griezmann, Kylian Mbappe, and the eventual prize victor, Croatia's Luka Modric.

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

Meanwhile, one Messi fan has reacted to Modric's Ballon d'Or win by uploading a video titled: "Lionel Messi Destroying Luka Modric | HD".

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.

Modric who was also awarded FIFA Best Men's Player in September won the Champions League guiding Real Madrid to their third title in a row.

Juventus have had six players win the Ballon d'Or, Pavel Nedved the most recent in 2003.

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