PARIS (FRANCE) – 63 / o Golden Ball was awarded this evening in Paris to the Croatian Luka Modric, finalist with his national team in the World Cup in Russia won by France, and winner with Real Madrid in the Champions League. In second place the Juventus Cristiano Ronaldo, Golden Ball last year, the third French world champion Antoine Griezmann. The last ten editions of the prize were equally divided, with five trophies each, the Portuguese and the Argentine Lionel Messi.
The Barcelona: "Strange one final of the Golden Ball without Messi …"
Not seeing the name of Leo Messi in the three of the Golden Ball candidates has "surprised" and not just Ernesto Valverde, his coach at Barca. "I'm surprised like anyone", admitted the coach of the Catalan team today at the press conference, "because, for example, Messi was the best player of the first, second and fifth days of the Champions League, while in the third and fourth day he did not played because injured. And we do not say it, but said Uefa – added Valverde – We congratulate the chosen (Modric, Varane, Mbappè, ed) then everyone is free to think what they want but I find it a bit 'strange, this yes, "Valverde confessed.
Juventus: "Cr7 player stronger than ever, he had to win the Golden Ball"
Cristiano Ronaldo "scored 15 goals in the last Champions League, many decisive and valuable, we know something. So, it seems to me really absurd that the Golden Ball does not win ". So the head of the Juventus sports area, Fabio Paratici, at Sky. "Only a madman – said the Juventus manager – could doubt the qualities of Cristiano, who is perhaps the most important player in the history of football. I see him very serenely, as always in these months at Juventus ".
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