Luka Modric wins Ballon d'Or 2018

Real Madrid and Croatia midfielder Luka Modric won Ballon d’Or 2018 in Paris on Monday. In the process, he broke the decade-long duopoly over the award held by Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. 

The last player to win the award outside of Ronaldo and Messi was Brazilian great Kaka in 2007.

With Barcelona forward and five-time champion Messi not even in the top three, the Real Madrid midfielder Modric overtook former teammate Ronaldo and Antoine Griezmann to win the award for the first time.