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

Real Madrid's Croatian midfielder Luka Modric brandishes the trophy after receiving the 2018 FIFA Men's Ballon d'Or award for best player of the year

The Croatian captain's father, Stipe choked back tears in a moving tribute as his son broke a ten year duopoly held by Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, to be crowned as the world's best player.

Among all the awards the victor of the women's Ballon d'Or was also announced, and Ada Hegerberg took the accolade after her performances for Lyon and Norway saw the former clinch the Champions League title.

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

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. I want to thank my teammates and coaches at Real Madrid and those with the national team.

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

Harry Kane, the only English player on the 30-man shortlist, ranked 10th in the poll after winning the World Cup Golden Boot in Russian Federation as he captained England to their best finish in 28 years.

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

French disc jockey Martin Solveig appeared to embarrass Hegerberg when he asked her if she would "twerk" after she collected the trophy.

The outspoken 23-year-old Hegerberg said she won't play for Norway at the Women's World Cup in France next June.

"I'm a little amazed and astonished with what I'm reading on the internet, of course I didn't want to offend anyone", he said. It was a really special year for me.

Mbappe and Griezmann scored in the 4-2 World Cup final win against Croatia. "I let them know, quite clearly, what I found wasn't working".

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