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

Sherman Parsons
December 6, 2018

Luka Modric was announced the 2018 Ballon d'Or victor ahead of five-time winners Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi on Monday.

The root of it is the fact that of all the nominees put forward by France Football, the publication presiding over the Ballon d'Or, Varane is the only one who has won both the World Cup and the Champions League this year.

Modric, who has won the Champions League four times with Madrid, was fifth in Ballon d'Or polling a year ago. "My dream was to play for a big club and win important trophies", said Modric, above. The emphasis is on individual and collective performances throughout the year, player class, talent and fair play and an overall assessment of the footballer's career. Kylian Mbappe, France's teenage star, was fourth and also collected the Kopa award for the best under-21 player. Pretty standard. Although there was no room for World Cup Golden Boot victor Harry Kane.

The award, voted for by journalists and organised by French magazine France Football, has been dominated by Barcelona's Messi and Ronaldo, first when he was at Manchester United and subsequently with Real Madrid, since 2008.

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The talented tyro's exploits saw him net 32 goals and register 13 assists across all competitions for club and country, as he also became the second teenager, after Brazil legend Pele, to score in a World Cup Final.

"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.

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. The suggestion clearly made Hegerberg uncomfortable.

Ronaldo's older sister Katia also got in on the act, stating on social media: "Best player in the world....for those who understand football of course". I didn't really think about it at the time to be honest.

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