First female victor of Ballon d’Or asked to ‘twerk’ on stage

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

Lionel Messi finished behind Luka Modric, Cristiano Ronaldo, Antoine Griezmann, and Kylian Mbappe in this year's Ballon d'Or voting.

Croatia's run to the World Cup final earned Modric the Russian Federation 2018 Golden Ball and he was also given FIFA's The Best Men's Player award earlier in the year.

He also won the best Federation Internationale de Football Association men's player earlier this year, beating competition from Ronaldo and Egypt's Mo Salah.

"My dream as a kid was to play for a big club and win trophies and this is a dream", Modrić said after collecting the award.

"A disappointment? Well, from where I come, it's no problem", he said.

In total, there are now eight different Ballon d'Or winners who have played for Real Madrid at some point in the 21st century.

Modric claimed the coveted individual honour at a ceremony in Paris on Monday - ending the domination of Juventus superstar Ronaldo and Barcelona sensation Messi, who had split the past 10 awards. Brazil star Neymar was third past year but only 12th this time.

Among all the awards the victor of the women's Ballon d'Or was also announced, and Ada Hegerberg took the accolade after her performances for Lyon and Norway saw the former clinch the Champions League title. The Portuguese ended up as runner-up, while Messi was not even in the top three.

Cape Town - Luka Modric's father held back tears as he paid a moving tribute to the 2018 Ballon d'Or victor at the awards ceremony in Paris, on Monday evening. And Salah scored 44 goals in his debut season for Liverpool as well as reaching the Champions League final.

Defenders are often overlooked when it comes to individual accolades, with Italy World Cup winning captain Fabio Cannavaro the last to win the Ballon d'Or in 2006. The suggestion clearly made Hegerberg uncomfortable.

The Ballon d'Or has been awarded by France Football magazine since 1956 and sees their editorial staff put together the 30-man shortlist.

"Sometimes you have to take tough decisions to stay true to yourself".

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