Modric wins 1st Ballon d'Or to end Messi and Ronaldo's reign

Modric wins 1st Ballon d'Or to end Messi and Ronaldo's reign

However, the crowning moment definitely was his triumph in the Ballon d'Or race, as he became the first player to finally break the 10-year dominance of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi in the award.

Griezmann helped France to 2018 World Cup glory in Russian Federation, while he also enjoyed a triumphant Europa League campaign with Atletico but the 27-year-old finished third behind Modric on Monday.

Modric managed to win by a huge margin of 267 votes, but not every nation picked the 33-year-old at all let alone as their victor.

Ronaldo's former Real Madrid teammate Luka Modric was awarded the gong ahead of the Portuguese at last night's ceremony.

Henry Winter of the Times represented England for the award, picking Modric and Ronaldo has first and second while Messi pipped Griezmann to third and Real Madrid defender Rafael Varane completed the list.

Also, Norwegian forward Ada Hegerberg won the inaugural women's Ballon d'Or.

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The Ballon d'Or, voted for by journalists, recognises the best players in the world.

"They deserve it because of what they did with the national team at the World Cup and also because of the trophies they won with their clubs", Deschamps said.

The previous oldest victor was central defender Fabio Cannvaro, who was also 33 when he won it in 2006 after helping Italy win the World Cup.

Remember the Real Madrid star has won a lot of individual awards already this year, including the Golden Ball at the 2018 World Cup and the FIFA Best Player award. Many will say that I say this only because I am his friend, but no.

The win was slightly overshadowed when the host DJ Martin Solveig asked Hegerberg to twerk on stage in celebration.

Monday was a big day for many people in the football galaxy. I didn't really think about it at the time to be honest.

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