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

06 December, 2018, 05:48 | Author: Delia Walker
  • Real Madrid's Croatian midfielder Luka Modric brandishes the trophy after receiving the 2018 FIFA Men's Ballon d'Or award for best player of the year

Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously had reported Real Madrid superstar Luka Modric has been named the victor of the 2018 Ballon d'Or award beating Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo in Paris on Monday night, December 3.

The Croatian capped a successful year with the award after he won the Champions League and was a finalist in the 2018 World Cup. He was voted player of the tournament.

"My dream as a kid was to play for a big club and win trophies and this is a dream", Modrić said after collecting the award. "The Ballon d'Or was more than a dream for me and it is an honour and a privilege to hold this trophy".

Ronaldo and arch-rival Lionel Messi have won the award five times each over the past 10 years. Kylian Mbappe, France's teenage star, was fourth and also collected the Kopa award for the best under-21 player. Brazil star Neymar, who was third previous year, was a lowly 12th despite a domestic treble with Paris Saint-Germain.

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

French disc jockey Martin Solveig appeared to embarrass Hegerberg when he asked her if she would "twerk" after she collected the trophy.

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

The men's Ballon d'Or winner will be announced today - and an inaugural female victor will also be named. Hegerberg is a three-time Women's Champions League victor with the French side and scored a tournament-record 15 times last season. Yes, 19 and already a World Cup victor.

"I just want to enjoy it".

Modric stated this after winning the 2018 Ballon d'Or in Paris on Monday night. I didn't really think about it at the time to be honest. To be made uncomfortable in front of hundreds in the crowd and millions on the screen, proves all that's wrong with the treatment of women's football.

"I apologise for my bad English culture level as I didn't know this could be seen as such an offence", he said.



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