Ex-AC Milan and Real Madrid star Kaka tips underdog pair for Ballon d’Or

Is the era of Messi and Ronaldo over?

Former AC Milan star Kaka has named two outsiders to beat Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Mohamed Salah to the Ballon d’Or this year.

Lionel Messi had a good year in all competitions, as did Mohamed Salah who single-handedly inspired his side in both the Premier League and Champions League.

Cristiano Ronaldo may have struggled early on in the season but also inspired Real Madrid to Champions League glory.

They are not the only players that have impressed, however, with footballing legend Kaka tipping two other players for the top individual award.

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates 5 Champions Leagues

Cristiano Ronaldo during the UEFA Champions League Final between Real Madrid and Liverpool at NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium on May 26, 2018 in Kiev, Ukraine.

Mbappe or Modric for the Ballon d’Or?

Those two players come in the form of Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric and PSG star Kylian Mbappe.

Both had impressive club campaigns but they came into their own element at the World Cup in Russia.

Modric inspired Croatia to the spot in the final but it was Kylian Mbappe who starred as he took France all the way to World Cup glory.

Mbappe and Modric

MOSCOW, RUSSIA – JULY 15: Luka Modric of Croatia and Kylian Mbappe of France pose respectively with their the adidas Golden Ball and with the FIFA Young Player award following the 2018 FIFA World Cup Final between France and Croatia at Luzhniki Stadium on July 15, 2018 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Now, when asked about the Ballon d’Or, Kaka has seemingly suggested both Modric and Mbappe are in with a shout.

‘Modric has had some impressive results, winning the Champions League and being able to play the World Cup final,’ he explained to Gazetta dello Sport, as per Daily Mail. 

‘He is the man who creates the show and commands the game.’

Mbappé is very strong and has a whole career ahead of him. Let the future be yours.’

Ballon d’Or 2018 betting: Cristiano Ronaldo clear favourite after World Cup

The betting odds on the 2018 Ballon d’Or have been fluctuating plenty since the World Cup.

Though, it was Cristiano Ronaldo who was clear favourite following the high profile tournament.

Click here to see our guide on the 2018 Ballon d’Or betting. 

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