Croatia and Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric won Ballon d’Or award on Monday. This is the first Ballon d’Or of his career.
Luka Modric broke a decade long dominance of Portugal’s Christiano Ronaldo and Barcelona’s Lionel Messi on the award.
The 33-year old midfielder lead Croatia to the World Cup Final and won Champions League with Real Madrid .
“As a kid we all have dreams. My dream was 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 an honor and a privilege to hold this trophy” Said Luka Modric after receiving the award.
Christiano Ronaldo was second in Ballon d’Or, France forward Antonie Griezmann attained third and the fourth place went to France’s teen star Kylian Mbappe.
Luka Modric won Champions League four times with Real Madrid was also named as the UEFA Player of the Year in August. He was noted for performance in the 2018 FIFA World Cup. He was in the fifth place of Ballon d’Or last year.
Norwegian forward Ada Hegerberg became the first woman to be awarded the Ballon d’Or. She won the Champions League three times with her football club Olympique Lyonnias. She also won French League and was named the UEFA Woman’s Player of the year in 2016.