Croatian and Real Madrid midfield maestro, Luka Modrić put an end to Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi’s dominance of the Balloon D’Or as he was crowned the 2018 winner of football’s most prestigious award.
Ronaldo and Messi have dominated the award for ten years with both winning it five times apiece with Ronaldo winning it last year.
Modric helped Madrid to win their third consecutive Champions League title before captaining Croatia to reach their first ever FIFA World Cup final in Russia
He became the first player in history to be awarded the World Cup Golden Ball, UEFA Men’s Player, FIFA Best Men’s Player and Ballon d’Or in the same year, breaking the Messi-Ronaldo duopoly with a clean sweep.
Juventus superstar, Ronaldo came second and Messi finished down in fifth. Meanwhile, Antoine Griezmann took third and Kylian Mbappe became the first player to win the inaugural Kopa Trophy as he finished in fourth.
The Kopa Trophy is awarded to the best player of the year under the age of 21
The Paris Saint-Germain forward, who will turn 20 later this month, helped France to win the World Cup and also won the best young player award in Russia.