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Real Madrid's Croatian midfielder Luka Modric brandishes the trophy after receiving the 2018 FIFA Men's Ballon d'Or award for best player of the year during the 2018 FIFA Ballon d'Or award ceremony at the Grand Palais in Paris on December

Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric has won the Ballon d'Or award for the first time, ending the 10-year dominance of football superstars Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Harry Kane, the only English player on the 30-man shortlist, ranked 10th in the poll after winning the World Cup Golden Boot in Russian Federation as he captained England to their best finish in 28 years.

Modric managed to win by a huge margin of 267 votes, but not every nation picked the 33-year-old at all let alone as their victor.

"As a kid we all have dreams".

In June, Mamic was sentenced to six-and-a-half years jail for siphoning millions of dollars in transfer fees from the club, including part of the $16.5 million the club was paid when Modric moved to Tottenham Hotspur in 2008. "The Ballon d'Or was more than just a dream for me and it is really an honour and a privilege to hold this trophy".

Alongside the Ballon d'Or, the inaugural Trophee Kopa award was also handed out at the ceremony in Paris, with Paris Saint-Germain striker Kylian Mbappe scooping the award for best young player under the age of 21. Brazilian
Neymar, third past year, was 12th despite a
domestic treble with Paris Saint-Germain.

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

Norwegian striker Ada Hegerberg won the prestigious award, which she described as "a huge step for women's football" after it was presented for the first time. Hegerberg refused and quickly left the stage. The Portuguese ended up as runner-up, while Messi was not even in the top three.

"But, like I told you, I would change all of this for a World Cup".

Hegerberg is a three-time Women's Champions League victor with French side Lyon and scored a tournament-record 15 times last season.

Luka Modric is the most recent victor and he follows Cristiano Ronaldo, who had four of his five Ballon d'Or successes in the Spanish capital.

"I want to say thanks to France Football". Yesterday, the Croatia worldwide was announced as the victor of the award, to the surprise of many football fans. "I do not know".

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