Ballon d'Or: Luka Modric ends dominance of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo

The ceremony took place at the Grand Palais in the French capital Paris

The ceremony took place at the Grand Palais in the French capital Paris

Luka Modric has won the 2018 Ballon d'Or award with the Croat dominating the voting system accumulating 753 points. The emphasis is on individual and collective performances throughout the year, player class, talent and fair play and an overall assessment of the footballer's career.

The Real Madrid midfielder played a pivotal role for his club as they stormed to a third consecutive Champions League title, as well as captaining Croatia to second place at the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation.

After a shortlist of 3o players was selected by France Football magazine, a jury of global journalists voted on the players they considered first, second and third.

"As a kid we have dreams".

Griezmann has spoken openly about his Ballon d'Or ambitions and reflecting post-ceremony, the forward told reporters: "I am very happy with my year 2018".

With France having won the World Cup, Griezmann, Kylian Mbappe and even Modric's fellow Madrid team-mate Raphael Varane had been amongst the favourites alongside the evergreen duo of Ronaldo and Messi. Brazilian
Neymar, third previous year, was 12th despite a
domestic treble with Paris Saint-Germain.

Modric guided Croatia to the World Cup final against France
Modric guided Croatia to the World Cup final against France

The Croatian captain's father, Stipe choked back tears in a moving tribute as his son broke a ten year duopoly held by Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, to be crowned as the world's best player. Modric had never previously been in the top three.

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

On a historic evening in Paris, the ceremony had a women's category for the first time since its inception in 1956, with Norway's Ada Hegerberg crowned the inaugural women's Ballon d'Or victor. "It's a huge step for women's football", Hegerberg said. "They are the future". I want to thank my teammates and coaches at Real Madrid and those with the national team. "A little disappointed [to miss out on the Ballon d'Or] but it was a big night to celebrate the winners so I had to be there".

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Accompanied by a video apologising further to Hegerberg, Solveig wrote on Twitter: "Sincere apologies to the one I may have offended".

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