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

Luka Modrić wins the 2018 Ballon d'Or

For this year's Ballon d'Or, I voted for Luka Modric in first place, Cristiano Ronaldo second, Lionel Messi third, Antoine Griezmann fourth and Raphaël Varane fifth.

Modric's recognition was reward for a fine 12 months during which he helped his club to lift the Champions League for the third successive season in May before playing a key role in Croatia's surge to the World Cup final. The midfielder was voted player of the tournament.

"As a kid we have dreams". "The Ballon d'Or was more than a dream for me and it is an honour and a privilege to hold this trophy". France's Kylian Mbappe is heavily favored to win the latter honor, while Americans Lindsey Horan and Megan Rapinoe are up for the women's award. Brazil star Neymar was third a year ago but only 12th this time.

Now Real do have 11 wins in the Ballon d'Or, won by seven players, but four of those were won by Ronaldo and they are one of the most successful sides in Europe so it's no surprise.

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.

Modric also received the best men's player prize at the FIFA Best awards in September.

I keep thinking, I'm trying to get used to being part of this group of exceptional players who have won the Ballon d'Or in history.

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It is the first time in 10 years neither Ronaldo nor Messi has been recognised as the world's best player for France Football's acclaimed award.

Hegerberg is a three-time Women's Champions League victor with French side Lyon and scored a tournament-record 15 times last season. I want to thank my teammates and coaches at Real Madrid and those with the national team.

The Ballon d'Or dates back to 1956.

"It is a fantastic day for women's is important to show young girls that they can believe in themselves and I hope they are inspired by this".

He's not the only Liverpool player on the final 30-man list, with goalkeeper Alisson Becker at no.25, Sadio Mane ranked at no.22 and Roberto Firmino inside the top 20 at no.19.

Speaking in an interview shortly before collecting her Ballon d'Or, Hegerberg told The Associated Press on Monday she has no plans to reconsider her decision taken to preserve her "authenticity and my values, as a person, as a footballer". I don't think the respect has been there.

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