Luka Modric wins Ballon d'Or 2018 ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo

Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo

Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo

Ronaldo and Messi have dominated the award for the last decade, claiming it five times each, but the expectation is that a new name will be read out as this year's victor.

He was named in the Champions League "Team of the Season" and won the UEFA "Midfielder of the Season".

Griezmann made it into the top three but he was beaten to second place by Ronaldo, who moved to Serie A champions Juventus from Madrid in July.

With Cristiano Ronaldo drawing a blank against Valencia, Lionel Messi reduced the gap between first and second to 15 goals with a brilliant strike in Barcelona's 2-1 away to PSV Eindhoven. "You can have your opinion of Griezmann, Mbappe, Giroud, Lloris, Modric.but the only player to have won everything is Raphael Varane". "I have sensational feelings in me at the moment which I find hard to describe".

The teenage talent has enjoyed a sensational year, winning a plethora of domestic titles with the Parisians, as well as lifting the World Cup with Les Bleus in Russian Federation over the summer.

Ex-Springbok Naka Drotské shot three times as he rugby tackled burglars
Tinus Drotske said: 'Naka jumped up and stormed them, and then they shot him three times, and then they luckily fled . Marzanne said they had never been the victims of such a crime and she thought Du Randt was joking when he phoned her.

Modric helped Croatia reached the final of the 2018 FIFA World Cup during the summer.

"It's an unbelievable feeling", said Modric, who is the first Croatian player to win the award.

The 19-year-old fended off stiff competition from Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold, Borussia Dortmund's Christian Pulisic, Roma's Justin Kluivert and AC Milan duo Gianluigi Donnarumma and Patrick Cutrone among other young stars. It will be the first time since since the 2007 Ballon d'Or, which was won by Kaka, will go to a new recipient.

Real Madrid's Thibaut Courtois, formerly of Chelsea, was the highest-ranked goalkeeper in this year's Ballon d'Or list in 14th, while his former Blues teammate N'Golo Kanté took 11th place.

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