LUKE MODRIC won the 2018 Ballon d’Or beating ending the 11 year run of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
However, fans have reacted on Twitter as they expressed their shock of Messi, 31, only coming in fifth, with Kylian MBappe, 19 Antoine Griezmann, 27 and Cristiano Ronaldo, 33,behind Modric, 33.
Reuters6 Messi was not in the top three for the first time in 12 years
Reuters6 Modric wins the award for the first time in his career
It was the first time since 2007 that someone other than Messi or Ronaldo picked up the prestigious award.
It’s the first time Messi has not featured in the top three since 2006, when Italian defender Fabio Cannavaro won the award.
And with Messi picking up La Liga, Copa del Rey, titles last season as well as topping the leaderboards in terms of goals and dribbles, fans are not pleased with his fifth place finish.
One said: "It's kind of sad how the world has gotten so spoiled by what Lionel Messi does that it's now not appreciating him enough."
Another said: "On what planet is Messi the fifth best player in the world.
"What a horrendous finished society.
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Messi "5th best in the world"? This year #BallondOr is a joke. WTF!!!!
With all these achievement this year pic.twitter.com/VTfm5CnAIJ
— Ajepako Boy (@AjepakoBoy) December 3, 2018
😂😂😂😂Messi 5th best player in world…what a load of old ****
— Jody Morris (@morriskid) December 3, 2018
It's kind of sad how the world has gotten so spoiled by what Lionel Messi does that it's now not appreciating him enough
— Alexandra Jonson (@AlexandraJonson) December 3, 2018
Leo Messi in 2018:
– 43 goals, 21 assists
– x3 trophies
– Most goals in Europe
– Golden Boot winner
– Most UCL goals
Only ranked FIFTH in the Ballon d'Or rankings…#Ballondor #Messi pic.twitter.com/ibcWBT9X7l
— تیمور بلوچ عمرانی (@taimoorumrani) December 3, 2018
If you call Messi the fifth best player in the world… any logical human would laugh in your face.
— Lionel Stressi (@Henry2Live) December 3, 2018
A group of football experts actually voted and decided Messi was the fifth best player in the world in 2018. Jokes
— Mash (@mash_233) December 3, 2018
On what planet is Messi the fifth best player in the world ffffs? What a horrendous finished society.
— Medo (@Mediostability) December 3, 2018
Ronaldo deserves this Ballon D’or, but Messi coming fifth behind Griezmann, Mbappe and Modric is everything you need to know about the award.
— STEEL! (@waxxa_official) December 3, 2018
AFP or licensors6 Messi came in fifth with MBappe, Griezmann and Ronaldo, behind Modric
AFP – Getty6 The Barca forward has won the award a record five times
AFP or licensors6 Ronaldo evened Messi's record last year as he won his fifth award
AP:Associated Press6 Modric's win marks the first time since 2007 that Messi or Ronaldo haven't won the Ballon d'Or
Messi last won the Ballon d'Or in 2015, which was his fifth time picking the award, which is a joint record with Ronaldo.
The Argentine won the award a record four times consecutively from 2009-2012.
Ronaldo piped Messi to the award in the past two years, as the two also hold the record for the most second place finishes.