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Ballon d'Or: Luka Modric breaks decade of Ronaldo and Messi dominance

Some others, though, clearly aren't happy that Modric has dethroned football's most enduing duopoly in Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, both of whom who have won the award on five occasions - and the took aim at the Ballon d'Or's new kid on the block on social media.

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.

"[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.

Ronaldo came second in the polling, missing out on a record sixth award, followed by France forward Antoine Griezmann. "My dream was to play for a big club and win important trophies", said Modric, who received the award from presenter and former France forward David Ginola during a ceremony at the Grand Palais in Paris. Brazilian
Neymar, third previous year, was 12th despite a
domestic treble with Paris Saint-Germain. Hegerberg refused and quickly left the stage.

A "reputable" journalist represented each of the 195 countries, and they were asked to select their top-5 players from 2018, with their top-ranked footballer receiving six points, 2nd four points, 3rd three points, then two and one points for their final picks.

As decided by France Football, the eminent magazine, criteria for Ballon d'Or selection are: individual and collective performances (honours) in 2018; player's class (skills and fair play); and player's career. And Salah scored 44 goals in his debut season for Liverpool as well as reaching the Champions League final.

"I just want to enjoy it".

"But, like I told you, I would change all of this for a World Cup". The suggestion clearly made Hegerberg uncomfortable. The total points are then calculated and the player with the highest total will be the victor of the Ballon d'Or. I don't think the respect has been there. "I let them know, quite clearly, what I found wasn't working".

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