Ballon d'Or: Modric wants to retire at Real Madrid

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

"Maybe in the past there are some players who could have won the Ballon d'Or like Xavi or Andres Iniesta but people finally now are looking at someone else".

Modric won the Champions League with Real Madrid and then guided Croatia to the World Cup final in July.

"As a kid we all have dreams". "They've been really good to me and I would like to retire at Madrid".

Lyon's Ada Hegerberg became the first recipient of the Women's Ballon d'Or award.

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Despite helping Barcelona canter to a domestic double last term, Lionel Messi could only muster a fifth place finish, his lowest ever finish since 2006 some 12 years ago, as Argentina crash out of the World Cup in the Round of 16. While the Messi-Ronaldo era in the Ballon d'Or came to an end (for now!), there were quite a few other stats which were eye-catching too.

Modric, 33, helped Real Madrid win a third successive Champions League title in May and also captained Croatia to their first World Cup final, being named player of the tournament despite his side losing 4-2 to France.

"This award is for all the players who probably deserved to win it and didn't".

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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.

Kylian Mbappe missed out on a place in the top three but was given the inaugural Kopa Trophy for the world's best male player aged under 21.

With the result widely known even before the ceremony, World Cup 2018 victor Griezmann said on his way into the building: "It's a pity that a Frenchman didn't win". "Good question", he replied, before adding: "I congratulate Modric as the Ballon d'Or". 'I'm very happy and grateful to everyone who recognised my journey.

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

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