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

Modric officially ended Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi's dominance of individual awards after scooping the Ballon d'Or award on Monday night, after being integral to Real Madrid winning their third Champions League in a row under Zinedine Zidane.

Real Madrid and Croatia midfielder Luka Modric is the odds-on favourite with bookmakers to add the Ballon d'Or to the Fifa Best Men's Player award he picked up in September.

Three Women's Champions League medals, four Division 1 Feminine trophies, three Coupe de France medals; UEFA Best Women's Player in Europe, Norwegian Sportsperson of the year. "My dream was to play for a big club and win important trophies", Modric said. "The Ballon d'Or was more than a dream for me and it is an honour and a privilege to hold this trophy".

The Brazilian would be desperate to emulate his compatriot Kaka who was the last one to win the award before Messi and Ronaldo started their own duel.

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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. Brazil star Neymar was third previous year but only 12th this time.

Real Madrid and Croatia midfielder Luka Modric won the Ballon d'Or 2018.

The win was slightly overshadowed when the host DJ Martin Solveig asked Hegerberg to twerk on stage in celebration.

With 219 goals in 215 games so far in her career, Hegerberg is a sensation in women's football.

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While the blunder does not seem to have changed the overall standing of the top 5, it is still disconcerting and could easily have affected the outcome in any other year.

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

Kerr also helped Australia reach the AFC Women's Asian Cup final, which the Matildas lost to Japan in April, and has scored eight goals in 19 worldwide appearances this calendar year.

"There wasn't a specific moment where he told me: You can win it", he told France Football. "I want to end this speech with a message to all young girls in the world".

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Modric became the first player from Croatia to win the Ballon d'Or, crowning a flawless year for country and club. "I do not know".

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