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The 2018 Ballon d'Or is finally here, and we are expected to see who wins the most coveted individual prize in football as Paris is set to host the ceremony in the historic Grand Palais tonight.

According to them, the top prize this year will be bagged by Luka Modric.

The highly respected Spanish newspaper claims the Real Madrid and Croatia midfielder will end the 10-year duopoly of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

In fact, you have to go back to 2007 for the last time either of the players didn't claim the accolade - on that occasion Messi came 3rd, Ronaldo 2nd, and Kaka 1st.

Six members of the France side that triumphed in Russian Federation are among the 30 nominees for the award, which is organised by France Football magazine and voted for by 180 journalists from around the world.

The 2018 Ballon d'Or victor will be announced by France Football on Monday 3rd December.

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Among them are Paris Saint-Germain's dazzling teenage forward Kylian Mbappe, Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann and Madrid's Champions League-winning defender Raphael Varane.

The World Cup in Russian Federation this summer has proved a strong influence as well as Modric's success with Real Madrid. Cristiano Ronaldo? Who should win the 2018 Ballon d'Or? There are seven to name, one of whom finished third three years running.

Few weeks after winning the Federation Internationale de Football Association best men's player prize for helping his national team reach their first ever World Cup final in Russia.

Mbappe, who turns 20 later this month, seems a certain victor of that award, voted for by 33 living former Ballon d'Or winners.

The ceremony is scheduled to start on at 7:45 pm local time, 12:15 am IST (Wednesday) and 6:45 pm GMT.

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