It's the usual suspects leading the world's best forwards in 2018, but did Lionel Messi really have a better 2018 than Cristiano Ronaldo?
Real Madrid's Luka Modric insists that although Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are exceptional talents, his Ballon d'Or win was for those players like Xavi who missed out because of their domination of the trophy.
ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno says Messi is too good to not deem Barcelona's trio of strikers the fiercest in all of Europe.
Former Brazil forward Pele has stated that Diego Maradona was a "much better player" than Lionel Messi — adding that Barcelona No. 10 "only shoots with one leg, only has one skill and doesn't head the ball well."
No one has won the Ballon d'Or on more occasions than Messi, who has five, but only finished fifth in the voting for the same honour in 2018 – and was voted as ESPN FC's best forward..
But Pele said he rates the 1986 World Cup winner — as well as two other former players –…