Cristiano Ronaldo set to boycott this year's Ballon d'Or ceremony

Ballon d’or 2018,Cristiano Ronaldo,Lionel Messi

Ballon d’or 2018,Cristiano Ronaldo,Lionel Messi

Ronaldo and Messi have dominated the award for the last decade, claiming it five times each, but the expectation is that a new name will be read out as this year's victor.

Defenders are often overlooked when it comes to individual accolades, with Italy World Cup winning captain Fabio Cannavaro the last to win the Ballon d'Or in 2006.

Ronaldo, Juventus' new star asset, looks set to finish in second place with Atletico Madrid's French World Cup victor Antoine Griezmann taking third.

The annual football award, presented by France Football, has been dominated by Messi and Ronaldo for the past decade, with each clinching the accolade five times apiece since 2008.

Chinese scientist pauses 'gene-edited baby' trial after outcry
If the Chinese authorities confirm that the babies were born, that would be in violation of current regulations, Xu said. Deem said that comparing the gene editing to a vaccine "might be a layman's way of describing it", according to the AP.

Despite helping Barcelona canter to a domestic double last term, Lionel Messi could only muster a fifth place finish, his lowest ever finish since 2006 some 12 years ago, as Argentina crash out of the World Cup in the Round of 16.

Real Madrid ace Luka Modric is the bookies' hot favourite to secure glory after he helped guide Croatia to the World Cup final in Russian Federation.

"It's a unique feeling".

It will crown a big year for Modric who has already won UEFA Best Player in Europe.

CAF: Cameroon won’t host 2019 African cup of nations tourney
South Africa is the only African country to stage a World Cup, in 2010, and last staged the Cup of Nations in 2013. The Confederation of African Football made the decision on Friday after a meeting of its executive committee.

Paris Saint-Germain and World Cup star Kylian Mbappe may have risen through the ranks in recent years, but he still has ways to go before he establishes himself as one of the best in the game.

The Portuguese superstar also equalled a 61-year-old Juve record.

The victor of the 2018 Ballon d'Or has been leaked hours before the official ceremony.

Lyon's Ada Hegerberg became the first recipient of the women's Ballon d'Or award.

Trump Says He May Eliminate Electric Car Subsidies for GM
In 2009, for instance, GM announced that it meant to close a huge assembly plant in Orion Township, Michigan, north of Detroit. GM is ending production of six vehicles, including the Volt, as it cuts more than 6,500 factory jobs.

AS has obtained the list which displays the winners hours before the actual announcement is set to take place.

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