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

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The Ballon d'Or 2018 ceremony is done and dusted with and after 10 years of Lionel Messi-Cristiano Ronaldo duopoly, we finally have a new victor in Luka Modric.

Modric - the oldest victor since Fabio Cannavaro, also 33, in 2006 - was crowned after an outstanding year in which he starred in the Real side that retained the Champions League before heroically helping drag his country to the final of the World Cup for the first time in their history.

"[Modric] has had an outstanding year in which he has claimed all of the awards going and nobody can question whether he's the best", Perez said. Marca use Modric's quote of: 'My dream since childhood was to be a player in a great team, the Ballon d'Or is more than a dream'. Brazilian
Neymar, third previous year, was 12th despite a
domestic treble with Paris Saint-Germain.

The root of it is the fact that of all the nominees put forward by France Football, the publication presiding over the Ballon d'Or, Varane is the only one who has won both the World Cup and the Champions League this year.

Women's fight for recognition on the biggest stage, meanwhile, took a big step with the award of Hegerberg, who plays for French side Olympic Lyonnais. Modric had never previously been in the top three.

It appears that not many people are happy about Luka Modric's win of the 2018 Ballon d'Or. Hegerberg is a three-time Women's Champions League victor with the French side and scored a tournament-record 15 times last season. Stats-wise, the midfielder was nowhere near Messi and Ronaldo, but his performance in the World Cup seems to have swayed the votes in his favour.

A huge surprise was Lionel Messi's positions in his homeland Argentina and the country he has played his football in for 14 years, Spain.

Alfredo di Stefano (1957, 1959), Raymond Kopa (1958), Luis Figo (2000), Ronaldo (2002), Fabio Cannavaro (2006) and Cristiano Ronaldo (2013, 2014, 2016 2017 ) were the previous Ballon d'Or winners from Real Madrid. "It's all about how we respect women's football. I do not know".

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