Modric, 33, was announced as the winner of the prestigious prize in a glitzy ceremony held in
Ronaldo was a distant second, with
Paris Saint-Germain’s teenage forward Kylian Mbappe – who won the Kopa Trophy for the best young player – came fourth, leaving Messi to settle for fifth position.
Another Frenchman, Modric’s
“As a kid, we all have dreams. My dream was to play for a big club and win important trophies,” Modric said.
“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.”
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Modric – the oldest winner since Fabio Cannavaro, also 33, in 2006 – was crowned after an outstanding year in which he starred in the Real side that retained the Champions League before heroically helping drag his country to the final of the World Cup for the first time in their history.
Meanwhile, Norwegian striker Ada Hegerberg was rewarded for her prolific form with Champions League winners Lyon as she took the first ever women’s Ballon d’Or prize.
The 23-year-old saw off competition from the likes of Danish star Pernille Harder, of German club VfL Wolfsburg, and Brazil’s Marta – winner of Fifa’s best player prize – to take the prize organised by France Football magazine following a vote by journalists from around the world.