Published: Thu, December 06, 2018
Sport | By Ashley Hunter

FULL LIST: How the players ranked in 2018 Ballon d’Or

FULL LIST: How the players ranked in 2018 Ballon d’Or

"[Modric] has had an outstanding year in which he has claimed all of the awards going and nobody can question whether he's the best", Perez said.

"As a kid we all have dreams".

"To change position allowed me to develop my game, before I was more an offensive player", said Modric, who won a third consecutive Champions League title with Madrid this year.

Cristiano Ronaldo was in second place, Antoine Griezmann in third with his worldwide team-mate Kylian Mbappe in fourth place and Lionel Messi in the fifth place.

French World Cup star and Paris Saint-Germain teenage striker Kylian Mbappe came fourth, leaving Messi in fifth position.

And the Paris Saint-Germain teenager, Griezmann's team-mate in France's Russian Federation 2018 triumph, was more conciliatory.

'It's hard to find the words to express how I feel, ' Modric said. "Throughout my career, I realised hard work, persistence and belief in yourself in difficult moments are the foundations of success".

Modric, 33, was announced as the victor of the prestigious prize in a glitzy ceremony held in Paris at the Grand Palais, just off the Champs Elysees.

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

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Croatia lost 4-2 to France in Moscow in the final in July.

"I'm counting on my team-mates in the club and the national team to be in Luka's place in the future".

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.

Prior to the announcement, the diminutive midfielder had won the UEFA Player of the year award in August and The Best FIFA Men's Player award in September.

Hegerberg is a three-time Women's Champions League victor with Olympic Lyonnais and scored a tournament-record 15 times last season.

Under the current format, the list of nominees is drawn up by weekly magazine France Football, with journalists from around the world voting on the final victor.

"I just want to enjoy it". Honoured by one and all, Hegerberg stood on the stage, ready to be greeted by former France global David Ginola and French DJ Martin Solveig. To be made uncomfortable in front of hundreds in the crowd and millions on the screen, proves all that's wrong with the treatment of women's football.

After collecting her Ballon d'Or, Hegerberg told The Associated Press she has no plans to reconsider her decision taken to preserve her "authenticity and my values, as a person, as a footballer".

The midfielder, 33, who helped Croatia reach the men's World Cup final in the summer, is the first Croatian to win the prestigious prize, which is voted for by journalists. "It's all about how we respect women's football". I didn't really think about it at the time to be honest. "I do not know".

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