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Modric Wins Ballon d’Or, Ends Ronaldo, Messi Dominance

Luka Modric saw off competition from France ’ s World Cup stars as the Real Madrid and Croatia midfielder won the Ballon d ’ Or on Monday to end a 10 - year stranglehold on the award by Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi .

Modric, 33 , was announced as the winner of the prestigious prize in Paris ahead of Ronaldo and French World Cup winner Antoine Griezmann .

Norwegian striker Ada Hegerberg was rewarded for her prolific form with Champions League winners Lyon as she took the first ever women ’ s Ballon d ’ Or prize at a ceremony in Paris on Monday.

The 23 - year -old saw off competition from the likes of Danish star Pernille Harder , of German club VfL Wolfsburg , and Brazil ’ s Marta — winner of FIFA ’ s best player prize — to take the prize organised by France Football magazine following a vote by journalists from around the world .

“I want to say thanks to my teammates because this would not have been possible without them , my coach or our president Jean-Michel Aulas , ” Hegerberg said at the ceremony at the Grand Palais , just off the Champs Elysees .

“I also want to thank France Football . This is a huge step for women’ s football. ”
Kylian Mbappe was named winner of the Kopa Trophy for young player of the year at the Ballon d ’ Or ceremony in Paris on Monday.

The Paris Saint- Germain forward , who does not turn 20 until later this month , starred as France won the World Cup and also won the best young player award in Russia .

The new award — named after French former Ballon d ’ Or winner Raymond Kopa — was voted for by 33 living former winners of the main Ballon d ’ Or prize . Mbappe was also among the 30 nominees to win that award .

Source;  https://punchng.com/modric-wins-ballon-dor-ends-ronaldo-messi-dominance/

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