Luka Modric wins Ballon d'Or 2018 ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo

Messi didn’t even make the podium

Messi didn’t even make the podium

Griezmann helped France to 2018 World Cup glory in Russian Federation, while he also enjoyed a triumphant Europa League campaign with Atletico but the 27-year-old finished third behind Modric on Monday. But the best wasn't there, the player who's been king of this sport for years.

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.

Cape Town - Luka Modric's father held back tears as he paid a moving tribute to the 2018 Ballon d'Or victor at the awards ceremony in Paris, on Monday evening.

The annual football award, presented by France Football, has been dominated by Messi and Ronaldo for the past decade, with each clinching the accolade five times apiece since 2008.

This is the first time in the last 10 years that neither Ronaldo nor Messi has won the Ballon d'Or.

The first ever Women's Ballon d'Or was awarded at the ceremony too, going to Lyon and Norway striker Ada Hegerberg.

The 27-year-old had another stellar season, lifting the World Cup with France and leading Atletico to a Europa League triumph as well as a second-place finish in La Liga and many felt he had an outside shot at winning the Ballon d'Or.

Modric went further than Ronaldo in the World Cup and won the tournament's Golden Ball award, add his matched achievements with Ronaldo at club level and you can see why he won. The Portuguese ended up as runner-up, while Messi was not even in the top three.

The previous oldest victor was central defender Fabio Cannvaro, who was also 33 when he won it in 2006 after helping Italy win the World Cup. He wanted me to open myself more. Hegerberg refused and quickly left the stage. Yesterday, the Croatia global was announced as the victor of the award, to the surprise of many football fans. "I want to end this speech with a message to all young girls in the world. I didn't really consider it a sexual harassment or anything in the moment", she told the BBC. I don't think the respect has been there.

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