Publicado: Mier, Diciembre 05, 2018
Deportes | Por Godofredo Marrero

Luka Modrić wins the 2018 Ballon d'Or

Luka Modrić wins the 2018 Ballon d'Or

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.

Luka Modric has won the 2018 Ballon d'Or, becoming the first player other than Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo to receive the award since 2007.

Modric collected the award from presenter and former France forward David Ginola after a glamorous ceremony at the Grand Palais in Paris.

Ronaldo finished in second place, 277 points behind Modrić with France's Antoine Griezmann third, 339 points behind the Croatian.

Paris St Germain's France forward Kylian Mbappe, who also collected the Kopa award for the best under-21 player, came fourth, with Barca forward Messi finishing fifth.

"As a kid we all have dreams. My dream was to play for a big club and win important trophies", said Modric, above.

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

The total points are then calculated and the player with the highest total will be the victor of the Ballon d'Or.

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Five-time victor Lionel Messi, who had been at least a runner-up for the last ten years finished fifth. Griezmann also scored twice for Atletico Madrid in the Europa League final win against Marseille.

The 23-year-old won the Ballon d'Or Feminin in fine style and was joined on stage by a number of her team-mates including England star Lucy Bronze, as she made an inspirational and powerful speech asking for "every young woman to believe in themselves".

Mario Mandžukić, who retired from global football after the World Cup, was ranked 25th.

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

"For the first time a woman will win football's highest honour". Many will say that I say this only because I am his friend, but no.

Hegerberg has said she will not play for Norway at the Women's World Cup in France next June.

"I didn't really consider it as sexual harassment or anything in the moment". I don't think the respect has been there.

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