Luka Modric wins Ballon d’Or, ending Messi-Ronaldo dominance

Luka Modric wins Ballon d’Or, ending Messi-Ronaldo dominance

Real Madrid and Croatia star Modric was crowned the victor in Paris on Monday night, the first time since Kaka in 2007 that the prize has not gone to Ronaldo or Lionel Messi.

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. "My dream was to play for a big club and win important trophies", Modric said.

The award is aptly named after former French and Real Madrid great Raymond Kopa, and the victor of the award is also selected by former Ballon d'Or winners.

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It was posted next to a picture of Ronaldo with one of his five awards from previous years. The potential is scary and Mbappe won the best young player award at the 2018 ceremony.

Cape Town - Luka Modric's father held back tears as he paid a moving tribute to the 2018 Ballon d'Or victor at the awards ceremony in Paris, on Monday evening.

The win was slightly overshadowed when the host DJ Martin Solveig asked Hegerberg to twerk on stage in celebration.

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Defenders are often overlooked when it comes to individual accolades, with Italy World Cup winning captain Fabio Cannavaro the last to win the Ballon d'Or in 2006.

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

"I just want to enjoy it".

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However, it left most stunned, including Mbappe, who was pictured speechless at the incident, at the appalling change in tone as the words were subjected to Hegerberg, a woman achiever. 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 didn't really think about it at the time to be honest. You can fulfill yourself by seeking attention and applaud from others. "I let them know, quite clearly, what I found wasn't working".

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