Luka Modric 'honoured' after winning men's 2018 Ballon d'Or

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Real Madrid's Croatia midfielder Luka Modric was named victor of the 2018 Ballon d'Or on Monday, December 3, breaking Cristiano Ronaldo's and Lionel Messi's decade-long hold on the prestigious award.

Modric won the Champions League with Real Madrid and then guided Croatia to the World Cup final in July.

A further breakdown of the results showed that the Croatian, who emerged the FIFA Best Men's Player in September, was voted the best across different continents before he was handed the prize at the ceremony in Paris.

"Always have dreams, I wanted to play in a big club, win titles, the Ballon d'Or is all I could dream [about] as a child, it's an honour to win it tonight.

God takes his time but he doesn't fail", she wrote with an image of Ronaldo holding one of the five Ballon d'Or awards he has won in his illustrous career. Kylian Mbappe won the first-ever Trophee Kopa award for the best young player under 21.

"I've two years left on my [Madrid] contract, and hopefully some more than that", Modric said. Now plying her trade at Lyon, she is a three-time Women's Champions League victor.

"My son, I am the happiest and proudest father in the world", he said.

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Modric broke the dominance of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi with the pair having a hold on the Ballon d'Or for the past decade.

The native of Zadar starred at June's World Cup in which Croatia reached the Final for the first time where they ultimately fell 4-2 to France.

"I want to say thanks to France Football".

Hegerberg played down the incident.

"Best player in the world....for those who understand football of course".

Feted as the best women's footballer only seconds ago, Hegerberg was asked if she knew how to twerk, a question that none of her male counterparts were asked on that particular night or earlier on any occasion. "It's all about how we respect women's football".

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