Luka Modric wins Ballon d'Or

Jo Caldwell
December 6, 2018

"As a kid we all have dreams".

Kylian Mbappe missed out on a place in the top three but was given the inaugural Kopa Trophy for the world's best male player aged under 21.

For the first time in over a decade, somebody other than Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi is the world's best footballer. Brazil star Neymar was third past year but only 12th this time. Brazil star Neymar, who helped PSG to a domestic Treble last season, finished a distant 12th.

"Being historical and the first woman to win the Ballon d'Or is a huge moment in my life", the 23-year-old said.

"This award is for all the players who probably deserved to win it and didn't".

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It was a banner year for club and country for Modric.

While the two men attracted most of the paparazzi, the event also witnessed another victor: the first in its 62-year history. I want to thank my teammates and coaches at Real Madrid and those with the national team.

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

"I said, I think last time when I won The Best, I would change all my individual awards for the World Cup, unfortunately it didn't happen", Modric told reporters. He was voted player of the tournament.

Mbappe and Griezmann scored in the 4-2 World Cup final win against Croatia.

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Mario Mandžukić, who retired from worldwide football after the World Cup, was ranked 25th.

The French-speaking nation did put a Frenchman at the top of their list but not a member of the World Cup winning squad.

On his way out the Atletico Madrid attacker was asked what he had to do to win it. The Ballon d'Or ceremony was the centre of attention. He had a great year. I'd like to have the Ballon d'Or, of course.

Real Madrid's Luka Modric arrives with his family for the Golden Ball, "Ballon d'Or" award ceremony at the Grand Palais in Paris. And Salah scored 44 goals in his debut season for Liverpool as well as reaching the Champions League final.

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