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Modric: Ballon d'Or win 'a unique feeling'

06 December, 2018, 05:49 | Author: Drew Briggs
  • Luka Modric wants to retire at Real Madrid

Real Madrid and Croatia midfielder Luka Modric said he was "happy, proud and honoured" after being named victor of the 2018 men's Ballon d'Or on Monday.

Liverpool's Mohamed Salah - who became the Premier League's all-time goalscorer for a 38 game season - was also in serious contention after his goalscoring form helped the Reds reach the Champions League final, as was Spurs striker Harry Kane, who won the Golden Boot at the World Cup. He was also voted the European Best Player earlier in the year. "My dream was to play for a big club and win important trophies", said Modric, above.

Paris St Germain's France forward Kylian Mbappe, who also collected the Kopa award for the best under-21 player, came fourth, with Barca forward Messi finishing fifth.

And the Paris Saint-Germain teenager, Griezmann's team-mate in France's Russian Federation 2018 triumph, was more conciliatory.

It appears that not many people are happy about Luka Modric's win of the 2018 Ballon d'Or.

Neymar - One of the reasons why Neymar moved to PSG from FC Barcelona was that he wanted to move out of Messi's shadows and possibly win the Ballon d'Or. Yes, 19 and already a World Cup victor. Hegerberg is a three-time Women's Champions League victor with the French side and scored a tournament-record 15 times last season.

Luka Modric Real Madrid

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

"I just want to enjoy it".

After collecting her Ballon d'Or, Hegerberg told The Associated Press she has no plans to reconsider her decision taken to preserve her "authenticity and my values, as a person, as a footballer".

Without getting into the debate on whether Ronaldo or Messi are done winning the Ballon d'Or, Modric's feat will once again instill the belief among other players that they too can have their names inscribed in the elite list of Ballon d'Or winners.

However, it left most stunned, including Mbappe, who was pictured speechless at the incident, at the appalling change in tone as the words were subjected to Hegerberg, a woman achiever. I don't think the respect has been there.

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