Real Madrid and Croatian star, Luka Modric won the Ballon d’Or 2018 for the first time after a decade of dominance by Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
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Kaka, a former Brazilian player, and AC Milan forward was the last player who crowns the most prestigious awards of football – Ballon d’Or in 2007.
Since then, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo dominance the Men’s Ballon d’Or awards for a whole decade.
Men’s Balloon d’Or Winner List Since 2007
|2018||Luka Modric||Croatia||Real Madrid|
|2017||Cristiano Ronaldo||Portugal||Real Madrid|
|2016||Cristiano Ronaldo||Portugal||Real Madrid|
|2014||Cristiano Ronaldo||Portugal||Real Madrid|
|2013||Cristiano Ronaldo||Portugal||Real Madrid|
|2008||Cristiano Ronaldo||Portugal||Manchester United|
Finally, in 2018 a new star has born to beat the long reign of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Modric had won his third successive Champions League in May before helping his home – Croatia to the World Cup Final for the first time in history.
Total of 176 journalists from the world took part in the vote for the Ballon d’Or 2018. Each of whom chooses top five players and six, four, three, two or one points will be given to the players from rank one to rank five.
After collecting the 753 points, Luka Modric beat the second-placed Cristiano Ronaldo with heavy landslide points where Cristiano Ronaldo only able to collect 277 points.
The 33-year-old Croatian man has never been in Ballon d’Or top three previously.
Along with Cristiano Ronald, Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe secure top third and fourth position in Ballon d’Or 2018.
For the very first time, Argentian man Leonel Messi cannot secure his position within top three in Ballon d’Or 2018. Just above the Egyptian man Mohamed Salah, Leonel Messi finds himself in top five in this year.
Here is the list of each country’s journalist pick for men’s 2018 Ballon d’Or.
Ballon d’Or 2018 Voting Breakdown
Ballon D'or 2018 votes