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

Модрич получил Золотой мяч. Он прервал 10-летнюю гегемонию Месси и Роналду

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

Luka Modric received a whopping 753 of the votes at the 2018 Ballon d'Or awards on Monday night at the Grand Palais in Paris, as the Croatian superstar ran away with the accolade, ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo (476), and Antoine Griezmann (414), but how did each country vote?

It comes after the midfielder spearheaded Croatia's charge to the World Cup final - and was named player of the tournament in the process - after helping Madrid win an unprecedented third straight Champions League title.

Meanwhile, Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar, the world's most expensive player, dropped to 12th having been voted third best in last year's poll.

Croatia captain Luka Modrić has won football's most iconic individual award when he was named the victor of the 2018 Ballon d'Or in Paris on Monday night.

"Maybe in the past, there are some players who could have won the Ballon d'Or like Xavi, Andres Iniesta or Sneijder but people finally now are looking at someone else", he told BBC Football.

Florentino Perez took over the Real Madrid presidency in 2000 and he signed Luis Figo that summer, with the Portuguese player going on to win that year's Ballon d'Or award.

WA soccer superstar Sam Kerr has been named the world's fifth-best female player in the inaugural Women's Ballon d'Or.

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

The DJ was the subject of criticism on social media following his exchange Hegerberg and quickly apologised for his comments with a video posted on Twitter.

But Modric picked up the award for the best player in the world after his part in winning the Champions League and reaching the World Cup final.

"I won the Europa League, I won the Super Cup and the World Cup so it's a great year". Many will say that I say this only because I am his friend, but no.

The Ballon d'Or dates back to 1956. "It's a huge step for women's football", Hegerberg said.

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