Ballon d’Or: Luka Modric wins 2018 , Real Madrid and Croatia midfielder Luka Modric won the 2018 Ballon d’Or France Football confirmed at the award ceremony in Paris on Monday night. Modric, 33, won his third successive Champions League in May before helping Croatia to a first World Cup final.
Former Brazil and AC Milan forward Kaka, in 2007, was the last player other than Messi or Ronaldo to win it.The Real Madrid midfielder is the first Croatian winner of the individual prize and caps a fine year in which he helped his club win a third consecutive Champions League , “This award is for all the players who probably deserved to win it and didn’t. It was a really special year for me.
With five apiece in that time since Kaka won the trophy in 2007. both will have to wait for the chance to add a sixth Golden Ball to their respective collections after a jury of journalists from different nations picked Modric as the winner of this year’s award.
Modric described Ronaldo and Messi as “phenomenal players”, adding: “To win means I did something really special on the pitch this year , Modric was one of eight Real Madrid players in the top 30, including Wales international Gareth Bale in 17th.
Modric, who is the first Croatian to win the Ballon d’Or, beat off competition from former Real Madrid team-mate Ronaldo, who was second, and France’s World Cup winner Antoine Griezmann in third place.long duopoly on the prize following Croatia’s run to the World Cup final and Madrid’s third successive Champions League crown.
“Maybe in the past there are some players that could win the Ballon d’Or, like Xavi, [Andres] Iniesta or [Wesley] Sneijder, but it didn’t happen.Ronaldo finished second behind his former Real Madrid team-mate while Messi finished fifth overall.