Luka Modric 'honoured' after winning men's 2018 Ballon d'Or

Luka Modric becomes first Croatian to win prestigious Ballon d'Or

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Pettigrove was far from the only one to use such colourful language to describe Solveig as people from all around the world got inventive with their vocabulary when thinking of ways to shame him. "It's a huge step for women's football", Hegerberg said.

The Croatian, who won the FIFA Best Men's Player in September, was in first place for every continent bar South America and collected the prize at a ceremony in Paris on Monday evening.

"Sometimes you have episodes or situations where you feel like, 'Damn, we're in such a man's world, '" she said. I didn't really think about it at the time to be honest.

The 23-year-old scored in this year's Champions League final, playing a key role in Lyon winning the tournament for a third successive year. Franz Beckenbauer followed it up with two triumphs in 1972 and 1976 while Karl-Heinz Rummenigge scooped up the award in back to back years in 1980 and 1981.

Real Madrid and Croatia midfielder Luka Modric was named the victor of the Ballon d'Or, awarded to soccer's world player of the year, during a ceremony in Paris on Monday.

Before Modric won this year's award, the last player other than Messi or Ronaldo to win the Ballon d'Or was Kaka in 2007.

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Modrić this year has already the UEFA Champions League, 2018 World Cup Golden Ball, UEFA Player of the Year, FIFA "Best" Player of the Year and IFFHS Playmaker of the Year as well as runners-up medal at the World Cup. Croatia's captain scored two goals, had one assist and led the tournament in minutes played and miles ran in Russian Federation. "My dream as a kid was to play for a big club and win trophies and this is a dream", Modrić said after collecting the award.

This year marked a new era for the Ballon d'Or, as France Football handed out the inaugural women's honour.

Despite helping Barcelona canter to a domestic double last term, Lionel Messi could only muster a fifth place finish, his lowest ever finish since 2006 some 12 years ago, as Argentina crash out of the World Cup in the Round of 16.

Ronaldo, who joined Real Madrid from Juventus in the summer, came second.

"It is hard to express my emotion and how I feel in words".

Luka Modric's tearful father has left the football world scrambling for tissues after a beautifully moving tribute at the Ballon d'Or awards ceremony.

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