Luka Modric Wins 2018 Ballon d’Or as Ronaldo makes top three but Messi misses out

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The Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo Ballon d’Or duopoly is no more after Luka Modric won the award for the first time in Paris on Monday.

Messi and Ronaldo have pretty much taken winning the coveted trophy in turns for the past 10 years, but Modric was named the Golden Ball winner this season.

Real Madrid star Modric enjoyed a sensational season in which he won the Champions League with Los Blancos – their fourth European triumph in five years.

He also captained Croatia at the World Cup in Russia this summer, where he led them to their first ever final, which they lost to France.

Just missing out on first prize this year was Juventus striker Ronaldo, who has won the Ballon d’Or five times since 2008.

Luka Modric has won the Ballon d’Or for the first time (Image: YOAN VALAT/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)

The Portuguese was also a part of the same Real Madrid team that won the Champions League in Kiev, but his World Cup campaign wasn’t as fruitful as his club team-mate.

Antoine Griezmann was named third in the race for the Ballon d’Or after he won his first ever World Cup with France and finished second in La Liga with Atletico Madrid.

His World Cup winning team-mate Kylian Mbappe came fourth following a great season with Paris Saint-Germain, while five-time Ballon d’Or winner Messi came fifth.

Five-time winner Cristiano Ronaldo came second (Image: AFP)

The Argentine is still considered by many to be the world’s best player, but despite Barcelona winning La Liga last season, he was over-looked for a top-three spot for the first time since 2006.

Mohamed Salah was named sixth, representing the first Premier League player in the running for the award.

Lionel Messi failed to make the top three (Image: Reuters)

The Liverpool forward enjoyed a sensational first season on Merseyside last campaign in which he was named PFA Player of the Year and won the Golden Boot.

Neymar, the world’s most-expensive player meanwhile, finished a lowly twelvth.

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