Luka Modric wins Ballon d'Or 2018 ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo

Luka Modric wins Ballon d'Or 2018 ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo

Cape Town - Luka Modric's father held back tears as he paid a moving tribute to the 2018 Ballon d'Or victor at the awards ceremony in Paris, on Monday evening.

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

"It's an unbelievable feeling", said Modric, who is the first Croatian player to win the award.

"I won the Europa League, I won the Super Cup and the World Cup so it's a great year".

The coveted trophy was added to Modric's already bulging cabinet in a year which has seen him win The Best FIFA Men's Player, UEFA Men's Player of the Year and the World Cup Golden Ball as well.

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. "The Ballon d'Or was more than a dream for me and it is an honour and a privilege to hold this trophy".

'It's hard to find the words to express how I feel, ' Modric said.

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Juventus forward and 2017 victor Ronaldo came second, while Atletico Madrid and France striker Antoine Griezmann came third.

Then Kaka was the 2007 victor, before joining Los Blancos from AC Milan in the summer of 2009, the same year that 2008 victor Ronaldo arrived from Manchester United.

Juventus ace Cristiano Ronaldo's sister was left outraged after her brother was denied a sixth Ballon d'Or on Monday, blaming the mafia for the decision. Many will say that I say this only because I am his friend, but no.

Mario Mandžukić, who retired from global football after the World Cup, was ranked 25th. "I want to end this speech with a message to all young girls in the world".

The juror ranks his top five players in the world that calendar year.

Taking a stand against what she describes as a lack of respect for female players in Norway, she hasn't 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.

"A lot of things need to be done to make the conditions better for women who play football", she said.

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