Ballon d’Or 2018: Journalist alleges major mistakes in voting list

06 December, 2018, 05:46 | Author: Marlene Myers
  • Football Real Madrid’s Modric wins 2018 Ballon d'Or

Modric officially ended Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi's dominance of individual awards after scooping the Ballon d'Or award on Monday night, after being integral to Real Madrid winning their third Champions League in a row under Zinedine Zidane.

He also won the best Federation Internationale de Football Association men's player earlier this year, beating competition from Ronaldo and Egypt's Mo Salah.

The Men's Ballon d'Or - first presented in 1956 - was won by Croatia and Real Madrid playmaker Luka Modric.

"To change position allowed me to develop my game, before I was more an offensive player", said Modric, who won a third consecutive Champions League title with Madrid this year. But the best wasn't there, the player who's been king of this sport for years. Kylian Mbappe won the first-ever Trophee Kopa award for the best young player under 21.

Modric, who attracted interest from Inter at the start of the season, said: "I have two years left and hopefully one more". Now plying her trade at Lyon, she is a three-time Women's Champions League victor.

The native of Zadar starred at June's World Cup in which Croatia reached the Final for the first time where they ultimately fell 4-2 to France.

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"I think it's a victory for football tonight".

"I just want to enjoy it".

French disc jockey Martin Solveig appeared to embarrass Hegerberg when he asked her if she would "twerk" after she collected the trophy. Little did she know that her biggest day was about to be marred by an inappropriate comment.

Hegerberg played down the incident.

As decided by France Football, the eminent magazine, criteria for Ballon d'Or selection are: individual and collective performances (honours) in 2018; player's class (skills and fair play); and player's career.

Taking a stand against what she describes as a lack of respect for female players in Norway, she hasn't played for the national team since it crashed out of the group stage of the Women's European Championship in 2017 without scoring a goal.

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