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Modric wins 2018 Ballon d Or, breaks Messi-Ronaldo dominance

PARIS- Real Madrid’s Croatia midfielder Luka Modric was named winner of the 2018 Ballon d’Or on Monday, breaking Cristiano Ronaldo’s and Lionel Messi’s decade-long hold on the prestigious award. Real Madrid s Luka Modric with the Ballon d Or award REUTERS/Benoit Tessier , uventus forward and 2017 winner Ronaldo came second, while Atletico Madrid and France striker Antoine Griezmann came third. Paris St Germain s France forward Kylian Mbappe, who also collected the Kopa award for the best under-21 player, was fourth, with Barca forward Messi finishing fifth. Olympique Lyonnais Norway striker Ada Hegerberg won the inaugural Ballon d Or for women s football, having led her side to the Women s Champions League title, scoring in extra time in the 4-1 win over Vfl Wolfsburg in the final. Modric, 33, helped Real Madrid win a third successive Champions League title in May and also captained Croatia to their first World Cup final, being named player of the tournament despite his side losing 4-2 to France. It s a unique feeling. I m happy proud and honoured, I have a lot of emotions right now, it s hard to describe in words, said Modric, wearing a tuxedo as he collected the award from presenter and former France forward David Ginola after a glamorous ceremony at the Grand Palais in Paris. It s a big pleasure to be here among all these players. I am still trying to realise that I have become part of a group of exceptional players to win the Ballon d Or throughout history. Reuters ,

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