Zinedine Zidane Predicted That Luka Modric Would Win Ballon d'Or

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Ronaldo finished second behind Modric with Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann in third.

Modric became the first player from Croatia to win the Ballon d'Or, crowning a ideal year for country and club.

In September, Modric claimed FIFA's The Best award, also given to the world's top player, a prize which Messi and Ronaldo had not lost since 2008. The potential is scary and Mbappe won the best young player award at the 2018 ceremony. Stats-wise, the midfielder was nowhere near Messi and Ronaldo, but his performance in the World Cup seems to have swayed the votes in his favour.

Luka Modric said he wants to retire at Real Madrid after beating Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi to the Ballon d'Or.

Kerr also helped Australia reach the AFC Women's Asian Cup final, which the Matildas lost to Japan in April, and has scored eight goals in 19 global appearances this calendar year.

"This award is for all the players who probably deserved to win it and didn't".

Other honourees on the night included Mbappe, who took home the first-ever Raymond Kopa Trophy given to the top under-21 player.

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He also clinched the World Cup Golden Ball for best player of the tournament in Russian Federation.

"To win the Champions League and play in the final of the World Cup as captain was wonderful and finish with this is.it is hard for me to chose from those moments". Maybe the European Cup is more important than the World Cup.

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. "I am very happy".

The Ballon d'Or dates back to 1956.

Hegerberg is a three-time Women's Champions League victor with French side Lyon and scored a tournament-record 15 times last season. The two parted ways in 2016 and have given out separate awards since.

While France Football are usually known for their efficiency, it looks like they made a serious blunder this time around, with a journalist from Trinidad and Tobago, Lasana Liburd, revealing that they had reversed the order of his votes while taking them into consideration.

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