Luka Modric and Ada Hegerberg win at Ballon d'Or 2018

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

It comes after the midfielder spearheaded Croatia's charge to the World Cup final - and was named player of the tournament in the process - after helping Madrid win an unprecedented third straight Champions League title. But the best wasn't there, the player who's been king of this sport for years.

"As a kid we all have dreams". France's Kylian Mbappe is heavily favored to win the latter honor, while Americans Lindsey Horan and Megan Rapinoe are up for the women's award.

In total, there are now eight different Ballon d'Or winners who have played for Real Madrid at some point in the 21st century.

Ronaldo was a distant second, with France and Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann completing the podium.

And the Paris Saint-Germain teenager, Griezmann's team-mate in France's Russian Federation 2018 triumph, was more conciliatory.

Among all the awards the victor of the women's Ballon d'Or was also announced, and Ada Hegerberg took the accolade after her performances for Lyon and Norway saw the former clinch the Champions League title.

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Henry Winter of the Times represented England for the award, picking Modric and Ronaldo has first and second while Messi pipped Griezmann to third and Real Madrid defender Rafael Varane completed the list. It was a really special year for me.

"I have to work to be in this place in the future".

Modric collected the award from presenter and former France forward David Ginola after a glamorous ceremony at the Grand Palais in Paris.

Modric finished above usual suspects Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, ending their ten-year stranglehold on the award. The last player to win it before those two started dominating world football awards was Brazil midfielder Kaka with AC Milan in 2007.

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

Ronaldo finished second in the voting, with Atletico Madrid striker and France global Griezmann in third after winning both the World Cup and the Europa League in 2018.

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