Wednesday, 12 December, 2018

Modric makes history to break Messi-Ronaldo Ballon d’Or duopoly

From left to right- Luka Modric Ada Hegerberg and Kylian Mbappe Champions League all-time top scorers: Lionel Messi and Robert Lewandowski add to tallies | Daily Star
Sergio Cook | 04 December, 2018, 00:13

He then followed that up by captaining Croatia to the World Cup final for the first time in their history - deservedly winning the Golden Ball for the tournament thanks to his incredible displays in the middle of the park.

Ronaldo, who joined Real Madrid from Juventus in the summer, came second.

Ronaldo had won the previous two Ballon d'Or trophies but his exploits for club and country were not enough for him to win an unprecedented sixth title.

After 13 games, the Old Lady have won 12 and drawn just one, leaving them eight points ahead of second-placed Napoli.

Lionel Messi, like Ronaldo, has won the honor on five occasions but is set to finish outside the top three.

Speaking after picking up the award, Modric said: "It is a unique feeling".

World Cup winners Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe occupy the third and fourth spots while Lionel Messi finds himself in a lowly fifth position. "I have sensational feelings in me at the moment which I find hard to describe".

The award is aptly named after former French and Real Madrid great Raymond Kopa, and the victor of the award is also selected by former Ballon d'Or winners.

France global and Paris Saint-Germain striker Kylian Mbappe has won the inaugural Kopa Trophy for the best Under-21 player.

In September, Modric was handed the FIFA Men's Best Player award from FIFA president Gianni Infantino and the former Spurs midfielder has completed a stellar year by adding the most prestigious individual prize in football to his collection at a ceremony in Paris.

The Portuguese superstar also equalled a 61-year-old Juve record.

Lyon's Ada Hegerberg became the first recipient of the women's Ballon d'Or award.

Voting for the Ballon d'Or is conducted by an worldwide panel of journalists who selected the victor from a list of 30 candidates.

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