Football stars Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are reported not in the running for the Ballon d’Or.
The pair have split the last ten ballon d’Or crowns between them – with Kaka the last player to beat them in 2007.
But, according to information, neither of them is currently in the top three of the voting at the halfway stage.
Top French journalist Eric Mamruth claims he has had a sneak of the standings, and Luka Modric ,
Raphael Varane and Kylian Mbappe are the top names battling it out at the top.
Real Madrid midfielder Modric, 33, is the current favourite having already won Fifa’s The Best award this year.Submit article and get paid
But Christiano Ronaldo, also 33, came second at the London bash, ahead of Liverpool’s Mo Salah.
And it would represent a shock if the juventus forward – who netted 15 goals in 13 games during Real Madrid’s Champions League winning campaign last season – failed to make the podium.
He, and Barcelona star rival Messi, may have been affected by their countries poor performance at the World Cup this summer – though Ronaldo did score a hat-trick in Portugal’s 3-3 draw with Spain.
The Votes are cast by group of international journalists with no more than one per country.