Luca Modric, Ada Hegerberg win football's 2018 Ballon d'Or

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

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

Debate about who should win the 2018 Ballon d'Or has largely focused on Kylian Mbappe, Luka Modric, Antoine Griezmann, Mohamed Salah, and how Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are not really in the frame following a 10-year duopoly of the iconic award.

This year, Modric won the Champions League with Spanish giants Real Madrid and then guided Croatia to the World Cup final in July.

Modric, 33, was also named FIFA's Best Men's Player earlier this year.

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

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"To change position allowed me to develop my game, before I was more an offensive player", said Modric, who won a third consecutive Champions League title with Madrid this year.

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.

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

"When Zidane became Madrid coach in January 2016, he called me to his office one day after training and told me how he saw me as a player and what he expected of me".

This will be the first time since 2008 that another player will defeat the duo of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo for the Ballon d'Or award.

The 2018 Ballon d'Or victor will be announced by France Football on Monday 3rd December.

Griezmann has made no secret of his desire to win football's top individual honour and was left frustrated by being overlooked in favour of Ronaldo and Modric.

Hegerberg played down the incident. "It's all about how we respect women's football".

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