Modric's father pays moving tribute to Ballon d'Or victor

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Croatian playmaker Luka Modric was declared the victor for the 2018 Ballon d'Or award on Monday, December 3, in Paris.

Remember the Real Madrid star has won a lot of individual awards already this year, including the Golden Ball at the 2018 World Cup and the FIFA Best Player award.

Modric, who led Real to their third consecutive Champions League and reached the World Cup final with Croatia this summer, capped off a memorable 2018 by winning European football's oldest individual prize in a ceremony on Monday.

Mohamed Salah has been named in sixth place in the 2018 Ballon d'Or awards.

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'It's hard to find the words to express how I feel, ' Modric said.

"In a short time I arrived at the seventh [in 2017] and fourth place, the three players before me more deserved it more than I". The 25-year-old, who came 10th overall, received 25 votes in total, with Kenya picking the England captain 2nd, Uzbekistan and Togo 3rd, Mongolia and Bosnia Herzegovina 4th, then Croatia, Kingdom of Lesotho, Mauritania, Malta, and Sri Lanka backed him in 5th.

Modric, 33, was announced as the victor of the prestigious prize in a glitzy ceremony held in Paris at the Grand Palais, just off the Champs Elysees.

Other honourees on the night included Mbappe, who took home the first-ever Raymond Kopa Trophy given to the top under-21 player. "I want to end this speech with a message to all young girls in the world". "Good question", he replied, before adding: "I congratulate Modric as the Ballon d'Or. It didn't happen, this is a great feeling to win at least this, and very happy for it".

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Lyon's Ada Hegerberg was crowned the first ever female Ballon d'Or victor but the moment became shrouded in controversy when French DJ Martin
Solveig - who was helping host the gala alongside David Ginola - asked the Norwegian to "twerk".

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

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

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