Published: Wed, December 05, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Luka Modric 'honoured' after winning men's 2018 Ballon d'Or

Luka Modric 'honoured' after winning men's 2018 Ballon d'Or

Modric, 33, won his third successive Champions League in May before helping Croatia to a first World Cup final.

He also clinched the World Cup Golden Ball for best player of the tournament in Russian Federation.

Indeed, Modric has become the first player to break Messi and Ronaldo's duopoly of the award since 2007, with Brazil icon Kaka being the last to lift the trophy before the Argentine and Portuguese stars collected five each across the following years.

Olympique Lyonnais' Norway forward Ada Hegerberg won the inaugural Ballon d'Or for women's football, having led her side to the Women's Champions League title, scoring in extra time in the 4-1 win over Vfl Wolfsburg in the final.

Ronaldo missed out on a record sixth award, which would have moved him one ahead of Messi.

Modric is the first Croatian player to ever win the award and only the second of his homeland to place in the top three after Davor Suker finished as a runner-up to Zinedine Zidane in 1998 while plying his trade for Real Madrid.

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Ronaldo was second, with France and Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann completing the podium. Kylian Mbappe, France's teenage star, was fourth and also collected the Kopa award for the best under-21 player. Women's fight for recognition on the biggest stage took a big step with Hegerberg's award.

He also won the best Federation Internationale de Football Association men's player earlier this year, beating competition from Ronaldo and Egypt's Mo Salah.

France star Griezmann took third place in the poll, with fellow World Cup victor Mbappe was close behind.

The top 20 list for this year's Ballon d'Or is as follows.

"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". I want to thank my teammates and coaches at Real Madrid and those with the national team. I don't think the respect has been there. "I didn't really consider it a sexual harassment or anything in the moment", she told the BBC.

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