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

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

Paris Saint-Germain's teenage forward Kylian Mbappe - who won the Kopa Trophy for the best young player - came fourth, leaving Messi to settle for fifth position.

The Men's Ballon d'Or - first presented in 1956 - was won by Croatia and Real Madrid playmaker Luka Modric.

Defenders are often overlooked when it comes to individual accolades, with Italy World Cup winning captain Fabio Cannavaro the last to win the Ballon d'Or in 2006.

And the Paris Saint-Germain teenager, Griezmann's team-mate in France's Russian Federation 2018 triumph, was more conciliatory. "Throughout my career I realized hard work, persistence and belief in yourself in difficult moments are the foundations of success".

A further breakdown of the results showed that the Croatian, who emerged the FIFA Best Men's Player in September, was voted the best across different continents before he was handed the prize at the ceremony in Paris.

Among all the awards the victor of the women's Ballon d'Or was also announced, and Ada Hegerberg took the accolade after her performances for Lyon and Norway saw the former clinch the Champions League title. Modric had never previously been in the top three.




Luka Modric is the most recent victor and he follows Cristiano Ronaldo, who had four of his five Ballon d'Or successes in the Spanish capital. And Salah scored 44 goals in his debut season for Liverpool as well as reaching the Champions League final.

"I want to say thanks to France Football".

Women's fight for recognition on the biggest stage, meanwhile, took a big step with the award of Hegerberg, who plays for French side Olympic Lyonnais.

The outspoken 23-year-old Hegerberg said she won't play for Norway at the Women's World Cup in France next June.

"I've two years left on my [Madrid] contract, and hopefully some more than that", Modric said. Yesterday, the Croatia worldwide was announced as the victor of the award, to the surprise of many football fans. I didn't really think about it at the time to be honest.

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