He deserves the Ballon d'Or.
Ronaldo is reported to be runner-up with World Cup victor Antoine Griezmann third in the voting.
Cristiano Ronaldo and his chief foil Lionel Messi have had a stranglehold over football's most prestigious individual honor for a decade now but Monday's announcement will nearly certainly see Luka Modric's name on the trophy.
Manchester City have two players in the top 30 of this year's Ballon d'Or rankings according to results that have been leaked early from the ongoing award ceremony.
Like Griezmann, the 19-year-old played a crucial role in France's World Cup winning team in Russian Federation, having scored 4 goals (including one in the finals) to win him the competition's Young Player Award.
This means that the 33-year-old playmaker will break the dominance of Lionel Messi and Ronaldo in the last decade.
Speaking after picking up the award, Modric said: "It is a unique feeling".
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The teenage talent has enjoyed a sensational year, winning a plethora of domestic titles with the Parisians, as well as lifting the World Cup with Les Bleus in Russian Federation over the summer.
It was his performances in the tournament in Russian Federation which began to swing the balance, as he won a variety of individual awards including UEFA's Best Player in Europe and FIFA's The Best in October, as well as the Golden Ball for the best player last summer in Russian Federation.
The 19-year-old fended off stiff competition from Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold, Borussia Dortmund's Christian Pulisic, Roma's Justin Kluivert and AC Milan duo Gianluigi Donnarumma and Patrick Cutrone among other young stars.
Ronaldo - who has scored over 500 career goals - has made no secret of his desire to win the Ballon d'Or again.
Among all the awards the victor of the women's Ballon d'Or was also announced, and Ada Hegerberg took the accolade after her performances for Lyon and Norway saw the former clinch the Champions League title.