Luka Modric wins Ballon d'Or


Luka Modric said he wants to retire at Real Madrid after beating Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi to the Ballon d'Or.

Harry Kane, the only English player on the 30-man shortlist, ranked 10th in the poll after winning the World Cup Golden Boot in Russian Federation as he captained England to their best finish in 28 years.

He also clinched the World Cup Golden Ball for best player of the tournament in Russian Federation.

"When I recounted all of the individual trophies that I've won this year and when I saw that I was among the 30 finalists, I began to believe it, but there's one thing I'll never forget". Marca use Modric's quote of: 'My dream since childhood was to be a player in a great team, the Ballon d'Or is more than a dream'.

Kylian Mbappe missed out on a place in the top three too, finishing fourth in the voting, although he did walk away with the inaugural Kopa Trophy. Brazilian
Neymar, third previous year, was 12th despite a
domestic treble with Paris Saint-Germain.

France Football magazine has been awarding the Ballon d'Or since 1956, and created a women's award for the first time this year. Hegerberg refused and quickly left the stage.

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The 2018 Ballon d'Or will be awarded on Monday, and for the first time in a decade, it might go to a new player.

Hegerberg is a three-time Women's Champions League victor with Olympic Lyonnais and scored a tournament-record 15 times last season.

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. "So even if I don't win, we win", Kerr posted on Instagram before the awards ceremony overnight.

France coach Didier Deschamps said a France player should have won the award. "In my second year in Tottenham, I played as a midfielder and I felt better in the middle".

The 2018 Ballon d'Or victor will be announced by France Football on Monday 3rd December.

"He is an excellent player, very good. I let them know, quite clearly, what I found wasn't working".