Luka Modric wins Ballon d'Or

Luka Modric wins Ballon d'Or

Luka Modric wins Ballon d'Or

This year, Modric won the Champions League with Spanish giants Real Madrid and then guided Croatia to the World Cup final in July.

Kylian Mbappe missed out on a place in the top three too, finishing fourth in the voting, although he did walk away with the inaugural Kopa Trophy.

Modric - the oldest victor since Fabio Cannavaro, also 33, in 2006 - was crowned after an outstanding year in which he starred in the Real side that retained the Champions League before heroically helping drag his country to the final of the World Cup for the first time in their history.

Ronaldo also won the Champions League last season with Modric, before leaving to join Juventus.

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. I want to thank my teammates and coaches at Real Madrid and those with the national team. Yesterday, the Croatia global was announced as the victor of the award, to the surprise of many football fans.

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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. "I want to end this speech with a message to all young girls in the world". And he said that he saw me as a Ballon d'Or victor one day.

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.

'I held back the tears, it's been an exceptional night to form part of these players who have won this prize'. I didn't really think about it at the time to be honest.

The closest a Croatian ever came to the award was Davor Šuker who finished second in 1998 after being the top-scorer at the World Cup in France.

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