Luca Modric, Ada Hegerberg win football's 2018 Ballon d'Or

Lynette Rowe
December 5, 2018

"They deserve it because of what they did with the national team at the World Cup and also because of the trophies they won with their clubs", Deschamps said.

The last player to lift the award apart from the Argentine and Portuguese, who have won it a joint-record five times each, was Kaka in 2007 when the Brazilian played for AC Milan.

Modric is the first Croatian player to ever win the award and only the second of his homeland to place in the top three after Davor Suker finished as a runner-up to Zinedine Zidane in 1998 while plying his trade for Real Madrid. Many will say that I say this only because I am his friend, but no.

"It is a fantastic day for women's football.it is important to show young girls that they can believe in themselves and I hope they are inspired by this". 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.

There was controversy when Hegerberg was asked by co-host Martin Solveig if she knew how to "twerk", to which she replied "No", and he later apologised for any offence caused.

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The biggest shock when the results were revealed was the Ballon d'Or victor in the eyes of the Central African Republic.

"He told me how he was seeing me as a player and what he was expecting from me".

The DJ was the subject of criticism on social media following his exchange Hegerberg and quickly apologised for his comments with a video posted on Twitter.

"My son, I am the happiest and proudest father in the world", he said. It was a really special year for me.

Under the current format, the list of nominees is drawn up by weekly magazine France Football, with journalists from around the world voting on the final victor.

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