Modric makes history to break Messi-Ronaldo Ballon d’Or duopoly

Модрич получил Золотой мяч. Он прервал 10-летнюю гегемонию Месси и Роналду

Ballon d'Or: Luka Modric breaks decade of Ronaldo and Messi dominance

The victor of the 2018 Ballon d'Or was announced earlier today with Luka Modric scooping up the coveted prize, however, the decision to reward the Croat has not gone down too well with France's World Cup-winning star Antoine Griezmann.

Griezmann won both the Europa League and World Cup in 2018, the striker inspirational in the respective triumphs of Atletico Madrid and France.

Modric, crowned the Best FIFA Men's Player 2018, testified past year at the trial of a tax official and three former senior officials from Dinamo Zagreb, including its former chief executive Zdravko Mamic.

Real Madrid's Luka Modric arrives with his family for the Golden Ball, "Ballon d'Or" award ceremony at the Grand Palais in Paris.

Ronaldo came second in the polling, missing out on a record sixth award, followed by France forward Antoine Griezmann.

It's an interesting thought but obviously there's a couple of holes in the theory, not least because Messi won all five of his awards with Ronaldo at Real whereas the former Sporting winger won his first at Manchester United.

The Ballon d'Or, voted for by journalists, recognises the best players in the world.

"Maybe in the past, there are some players who could have won the Ballon d'Or like Xavi, Andres Iniesta or Sneijder but people finally now are looking at someone else", he told BBC Football.

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

Croatia lost 4-2 to France in Moscow in the final in July.

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

Women's fight for recognition on the biggest stage, meanwhile, took a big step with the award of Hegerberg, who plays for French side Olympic Lyonnais.

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. Many will say that I say this only because I am his friend, but no. Yesterday, the Croatia worldwide was announced as the victor of the award, to the surprise of many football fans. Taking a stand against what she describes as a lack of respect for female players in Norway, she has not played for the national team since 2017 when it crashed out of the group stage of the Women's European Championship without scoring a goal. "I let them know, quite clearly, what I found wasn't working".

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