Barcelona star Messi and Ronaldo were the dominant forces in Spain and world football for much of their time in the league together, creating a natural rivalry between the pair.
Modric beat Cristiano Ronaldo and Antoinne Griezmann to clinch this year's edition of the award as Messi finished fifth on the list.
This will be the first time since 2008 that another player will defeat the duo of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo for the Ballon d'Or award.
The pair may have never lifted a single World Cup between them, but the strength of the Champions League and their remarkable consistency surely outweighs a single global triumph.
Earlier, Legit.ng had reported how Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi made it clear that French club Paris-Saint-Germain will not allow Brazilian football star Neymar to leave the club for a return to the Spanish La Liga.
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In a recent interview, the Portuguese even suggested that Messi should follow him to Italy to prove himself in a new environment. Maybe he needs me more. I'm at the best team in the world. I do not need to change teams or leagues to set new goals.
They have been helped by the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo, who left rivals Real Madrid for Juventus in the summer and Messi said he enjoyed their battles down the years.
"My challenges are renewed year after year. I knew this season I didn't have the chance to win it and I wasn't surprised", Messi told Marca.
"The rivalry with Cristiano was very healthy and very attractive for the spectators", Messi said.
"I heard the nominees for the Ballon d'Or and I knew I would not be in the fight, ".