Lionel Messi finally speaks about finishing fifth in the Ballon d’Or behind Luka Modric, Cristiano Ronaldo, Kylian Mbappe and Antonie Griezmann


Lionel Messi finally speaks about finishing fifth in the Ballon d’Or behind Luka Modric, Cristiano Ronaldo, Kylian Mbappe and Antonie Griezmann

Lionel Messi has given a humble reaction to finishing fifth in the running for the 2018 Ballon d’Or.

The five-time winner finished outside of the top two for the first time in a decade when the ceremony took place at the beginning of December and was not in attendance to give a reaction.

Lionel Messi has won an incredible five Ballons d’Or

Now though, he’s spoken out about the result and admitted he was not shocked by his relatively low position.

“I knew that I had no chance of winning it this season,” Messi told Marca, “I heard the names and I knew I wasn’t going to be there.

“From that moment I was not waiting to see if I was third or fourth.

“I was not surprised because I didn’t expect anything.”

Luka Modric claimed the 2018 Ballon d’Or

Messi has shared first and second place with fellow five-time winner Cristiano Ronaldo over the past ten years, and this was the first year since Kaka won in 2007 in which neither of them emerged victorious.

Instead it was Luka Modric who claimed the Ballon d’Or, with Ronaldo second, Antoine Griezmann third and Kylian Mbappe fourth.

Reflecting on his decade-long battle with Ronaldo, Messi added: “The time we were in the same league and trying to win with our teams was very nice.

“It was a very healthy rivalry in which we both wanted to improve ourselves.

“And it was good for the spectators!”