Who are candidates for the Golden Ball

France football has announced the names of 30 candidates for the Golden Ball. This is the most prestigious individual football award in the world. Every year this trophy goes in the hand of the best footballer in a calendar year.

But this year we can’t see the last year’s winner Luka Modric. Croatian captain won the Golden Ball last year mostly because of his brilliant performance at the World Cup in Russia, where he led Croatia to the finals. Last year he broke the dominance of Leonel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. They won Golden Ball so many times in a row.

Modric is a precedent in the selection for the Golden Ball


Luka Modric became the first winner of the Golden Ball who has not nominated in the next election. Last year the captain of the Croatian national team got the award for the best footballer in the world. But in this season he had an average year below his standards.

Everyone can expect that he will slow down a bit after his big season with Real Madrid and the Croatian national team. But no one didn’t expect that he will fall that much. This is the main reason why he is not in the nomination for the 30 Golden Ball.


In the last season, Real had their problems, they only won the World Club Champions. They dropped out from the Champions League early, while they end third in the Championship. Everyone can see some Modric flaws.

But is his dominance in the middle of the field over? I would bet on Betway South Africa that is not over. But after the injury, it is not an easy job to play on the same level. Even this season he didn’t start the way he hoped.


In the second game of this season, he got the red card for the first time in his career. Everyone wants to see him on a great level after the injury. But it looks like he needs some time. Finally, in the last couple of games, we can see Modric with his performance. Unfortunately, he is injured again, luckily this time injury is not that big. But still.

The awards ceremony will be held on December 2 in Paris. Journalists will vote for the winner of the Golden Ball and the best goalkeeper. Soccer10 predictions can only guess who will be the next best football player.