Luka Modric Wins The Ballon d'Or

Luka Modric has officially ended Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi's dominance of individual awards after scooping the Ballon d'Or award for 2018.

Consistent as ever, he was integral to Real Madrid winning their third Champions League in a row under Zinedine Zidane.

He then followed that up by captaining Croatia to the World Cup final for the first time in their history - deservedly winning the Golden Ball for the tournament thanks to his incredible displays in the middle of the park.

Image: PA
Image: PA

In September, Modric was handed the FIFA Men's Best Player award from FIFA president Gianni Infantino and the former Spurs midfielder has completed a stellar year by adding the most prestigious individual prize in football to his collection at a ceremony in Paris.

The Ballon d'Or has been awarded by France Football magazine since 1956 and sees their staff put together the 30-man shortlist.

For the next stage of the vote, leading journalists from all over the globe (one vote per nation) have had their say and picked out Modric.

Since 2008 Ronaldo and Messi took turns in taking the trophy home, but Modric, the overwhelming favourite for the award, has ended 10 years of them running riot - pipping the pair and the likes of Antoine Griezmann, Kylian Mbappe, Raphael Varane and Eden Hazard.

Five years ago, the Dinamo Zagreb youth product was voted as the worst signing of the season in La Liga after a slow start to life in the Spanish capital but he has turned things around completely.

Congratulations, Luka.

Josh Lawless

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