Saturday, November 16, 2019

Modric wins Ballon d’Or

Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric has ended the Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi’s dominance on the Ballon d’Or.

Modric, who led Real to their third consecutive Champions League and reached the World Cup final with Croatia this summer, capped off a memorable 2018 by winning European football’s oldest individual prize in a ceremony on Monday.

Receiving the award from presenter and former France forward David Ginola at a ceremony at the Grand Palais in Paris, Modric exclaimed, “It’s a unique feeling. I’m happy proud and honoured, I have a lot of emotions right now, it’s hard to describe in words.”

No player other than Ronaldo and Messi had claimed the award since 2008, with both players winning five apiece over the past decade.

The former Tottenham man is the first Croatian player to ever win the award.

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