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

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

Modric - the oldest victor since Fabio Cannavaro, also 33, in 2006 - was crowned after an outstanding year in which he starred in the Real side that retained the Champions League before heroically helping drag his country to the final of the World Cup for the first time in their history.

Messi was fifth in the voting, having been runner-up to Ronaldo the past two years and in the top three every year since 2007. Kylian Mbappe, France's teenage star, was fourth and also collected the Kopa award for the best under-21 player. He scored a hat trick against Spain at the World Cup but he failed to make an impression when Portugal lost to Uruguay in the round of 16.

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

Modric, 33, helped Real Madrid win a third successive Champions League title in May and also captained Croatia to their first World Cup final, being named player of the tournament despite his side losing 4-2 to France.


Lyon's Ada Hegerberg was crowned the first ever female Ballon d'Or victor but the moment became shrouded in controversy when French DJ Martin
Solveig - who was helping host the gala alongside David Ginola - asked the Norwegian to "twerk".

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 like to read good articles and a passionate football fan. "It's a huge step for women's football", Hegerberg said.

Barcelona's Messi was left off the podium for the first time since 2006, largely due to Argentina's poor showing at the World Cup, but was a part of the 30-man shortlist for the award that also included Manchester City's Sergio Aguero, Liverpool forward Mo Salah and Manchester United and France midfielder Paul Pogba. "Do you know how to twerk?" said Solveig.

AS, meanwhile, quote Modric saying: "If I've won its because I've done something special" alongside a picture of him with the trophy. I don't think the respect has been there.

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