The Ballon d’Or is the most prestigious award in world football, which is given each year to the player deemed by journalists to have been the best on the planet. Perhaps sensing that he was nowhere near to winning it in 2018, the Brazilian superstar Neymar didn’t even show up to this year’s event, instead spending the night playing and streaming Call of Duty on Twitch.
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It’s not like he had to travel far to do that- the awards were held in Paris, which just happens to be where Neymar lives, hilariously. However, Neymar isn’t the only player to have tried his hand at streaming on Twitch in recent months, but of course his decision to play a game while the Ballon d’Or ceremony was going on has got plenty of attention on social media.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic brought his larger than life personality to the virtual world, while Dele Alli and Harry Kane are also huge fans of the franchise. however, the PSG forward’s antics last night have grabbed far more attention that the above mentioned names. But then again, it’s also the middle of the season, and if he knew it in his hear that he wasn’t walking away with a prize—and everybody knew Neymar was nowhere near it this year—why bother? Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, who between them have won the last ten Ballon d’Ors, knew they weren’t winning the award and they didn’t show up either.
For the record, Croatia’s Luka Modrić won, with Aston Villa’s Alan Hutton leaving his miracle goal against Birmingham City too late to influence voters, and watchers around the world. Modric was hailed by his countrymen for his achievement and was praised by fans and pundits all around the world for breaking the domination of the duo of Ronaldo-Messi at the awards ceremony.