Ballon d'Or: Luka Modric ends dominance of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo

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Ballon d'Or: Luka Modric ends dominance of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo

Genuine Madrid and Croatia midfielder Luka Modric won the 2018 Ballon d'Or, turning into the main player other than Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo to guarantee the honor in over 10 years. 

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

Previous Brazil and AC Milan forward Kaka, in 2007, was the last player other than Messi or Ronaldo to win it. 

Ronaldo, who joined Juventus from Real Madrid in the mid year, came next. 

Barcelona forward Messi completed fifth, with Atletico Madrid frontman Antoine Griezmann and PSG assailant Kylian Mbappe - both of whom won the World Cup with France - third and fourth individually. 

Triumph tops an outstanding year for Modric, who additionally was named the world's best male player at the Best Fifa Football Awards and got the Golden Ball grant for the best player at the World Cup. 

Addressing BBC Sport, Modric committed the honor to the majority of alternate players who have passed up a great opportunity in the 10 years ruled by Messi and Ronaldo. 

"Perhaps in the past there are a few players who could have won the Ballon d'Or like Xavi, Andres Iniesta or [Wesley] Sneijder however individuals at last currently are taking a gander at another person," he said. 


"This honor is for every one of the players who most likely had the right to win it and didn't. It was an extremely uncommon year for me. 

"It is hard to express my feeling and how I feel in words. It is something remarkable for me. It was extremely exceptional." 

Modric depicted Ronaldo and Messi as "exceptional players", including: "To win implies I accomplished something extremely unique on the pitch this year, that is the reason 2017-18 was the year for me." 

Modric was one of eight Real Madrid players in the main 30, including Wales universal Gareth Bale in seventeenth. 

Lyon and Norway striker Ada Hegerberg, 23, won the debut Women's Ballon d'Or while Mbappe, 19, turned into the principal victor of the Kopa Trophy - granted to the best under-21 player and chosen by previous Ballon d'Or champs. 

The top 10

1. Luka Modric (Real Madrid and Croatia)

2. Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus and Portugal)

3. Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid and France)

4. Kylian Mbappe (Paris St-Germain and France)

5. Lionel Messi (Barcelona and Argentina)

6. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool and Egypt)

7. Raphael Varane (Real Madrid and France)

8. Eden Hazard (Chelsea and Belgium)

9. Kevin de Bruyne (Manchester City and Belgium)

10. Harry Kane (Tottenham and England)

How did Premier League players do? 

Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah, who set a record for the most objectives in a 38-amusement English best flight crusade last season, was the most astounding put Premier League player in 6th. 

Chelsea forward Eden Hazard was eighth, trailed by Belgium colleague Kevin de Bruyne, of Manchester City, in ninth. 

Tottenham striker Harry Kane, who captained England to the World Cup semi-finals and won the Golden Boot, completed tenth as the main Englishman on the waitlist. 

Chelsea and France midfielder N'Golo Kante was eleventh, with World Cup-winning colleague Paul Pogba, of Manchester United, completing fifteenth. 

Sergio Aguero, a Premier League victor with Manchester City last season, was sixteenth, while Liverpool's Champions League finalists Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane were nineteenth and 22nd individually. 

Brazil goalkeeper Alisson, who joined Liverpool from Roma in the late spring, was 25th, with Tottenham and France commander Hugo Lloris 29th. 

What is the Ballon d'Or? 

The Ballon d'Or has been granted by France Football consistently since 1956, with England's Stanley Matthews the principal victor. 

It was just for European players until 1995, when it extended to wind up open for any player at an European club. From 2007 it opened up to whatever is left of the world. 

The 30-man rundown of candidates is arranged by the article staff of the French magazine, with the victor voted in favor of by columnists from around the globe, with one agent for every country. 

From 2010 to 2015 it converged with Fifa's honors, yet they split and the world overseeing body set up its very own honors again in 2016.