Paris: Ending the 10 years dominance of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, Luka Modric is ruling over the 2018 Ballon d’Or. In July, Modric won the Champions League with Real Madrid and then guided Croatia to the World Cup final. He was voted player of the tournament.
After the winning the award “ As a kid we all have dreams. My dreams were to play for a big club and win important trophies. The Ballon d’Or was more than just a dream for me and it is really on honor as a privilege to hold this trophy.”
Modric further added that “ 2018 is a dream year for me. Throughout my career I realized hard work, persistence and belief in yourself in difficult moments are the foundations of success”
According to the voting list: Ronaldo was second in the Ballon d’Or, France teen star, Kylian Mbappe, was fourth in the polling. Brazil star Neymar, who was third last year, was a lowly 12th despite a domestic treble with Paris Saint-Germain. Messi was fifth in the voting, having been runner-up to Ronaldo the past two years and in the top three every year since 2007. Modric had never previously been in the top three.
Didier Deschamps France Coach said a France player should have won the award. He said, “ they deserve it because of what they did with the national team at the World Cup and also because of the trophies they won with their clubs.”