Real Madrid's Modric wins 2018 Ballon d’Or

Ballon d'Or: Luka Modric breaks decade of Ronaldo and Messi dominance

Luka Modrić wins the 2018 Ballon d'Or

The 33-year-old broke Cristiano Ronaldo's and Lionel Messi's decade-long hold on the prestigious award, becoming the first victor other than Ronaldo or Messi since Brazil's Kaká in 2007.

He also clinched the World Cup Golden Ball for best player of the tournament in Russian Federation.

France Football has awarded the prestigious prize to the best male player every year since 1956, adding a women's award this year.

"As a kid we have dreams". For me, everything pointed to Modric.

Modric finished above usual suspects Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, ending their ten-year stranglehold on the award.

Paris St Germain's France forward Kylian Mbappe, who also collected the Kopa award for the best under-21 player, came fourth, with Barca forward Messi finishing fifth.

And the Paris Saint-Germain teenager, Griezmann's team-mate in France's Russian Federation 2018 triumph, was more conciliatory.

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A "reputable" journalist represented each of the 195 countries, and they were asked to select their top-5 players from 2018, with their top-ranked footballer receiving six points, 2nd four points, 3rd three points, then two and one points for their final picks.

Hegerberg is a three-time Women's Champions League victor with French side Lyon and scored a tournament-record 15 times last season.

But Varane has played a crucial role in winning the two biggest trophies in world football in 2018 and if that isn't enough for a defender to get Ballon d'Or recognition, nothing will be.

"I just want to enjoy it". Stats-wise, the midfielder was nowhere near Messi and Ronaldo, but his performance in the World Cup seems to have swayed the votes in his favour. The suggestion clearly made Hegerberg uncomfortable.

Taking a stand against what she describes as a lack of respect for female players in Norway, she hasn't played for the national team since it crashed out of the group stage of the Women's European Championship in 2017 without scoring a goal.

France Football, which hands out the Ballon d'Or, and FIFA combined their awards to create the FIFA Ballon d'Or in 2010. I don't think the respect has been there. "I do not know".

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