"Maybe in the past there are some players who could have won the Ballon d'Or like Xavi or Andres Iniesta but people finally now are looking at someone else".
In September, Modric claimed FIFA's The Best award, also given to the world's top player, a prize which Messi and Ronaldo had not lost since 2008. France's Kylian Mbappe is heavily favored to win the latter honor, while Americans Lindsey Horan and Megan Rapinoe are up for the women's award. Pretty standard. Although there was no room for World Cup Golden Boot victor Harry Kane. "The Ballon d'Or was more than just a dream for me and it is really an honour and a privilege to hold this trophy".
Modric was fifth in Ballon d'Or polling a year ago.
It was a banner year for club and country for Modric.
Five years ago, the Dinamo Zagreb youth product was voted as the worst signing of the season in La Liga after a slow start to life in the Spanish capital. Alongside the 33-year-old, French youngster Kylian Mbappe was named the victor of Kopa Trophy for young player of the year.
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The French-speaking nation did put a Frenchman at the top of their list but not a member of the World Cup winning squad.
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. 'I'm very happy and grateful to everyone who recognised my journey.
Ramos shared a picture of him watching the Ballon d'Or ceremony from home and wrote the caption: 'Congratulations, my Croatian brother. I'd like to have the Ballon d'Or, of course.
The Men's Ballon d'Or - first presented in 1956 - was won by Croatia and Real Madrid playmaker Luka Modric. Hegerberg is a three-time Women's Champions League victor with the French side and scored a tournament-record 15 times last season.
"I think it's a victory for football tonight".
This also brings us to the question: why was Solveig, a French DJ, chosen to be a part of the presentation ceremony at a prestigious award like this?