Real Madrid and Croatia midfielder Luka Modric won the 2018 Ballon d’Or. He is the first player other than Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo to claim the award in more than a decade. Luca Modric also won the Men’s Player of the Year during the FIFA Awards. He is clearly re-writing history.

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Ronaldo, who joined Juventus came second. Barcelona forward Messi finished fifth, with Atletico Madrid frontman Antoine Griezmann and PSG attacker Kylian Mbappe – both of whom won the World Cup with France came third and fourth respectively.