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

Messi didn’t even make the podium

A Croatian court on Monday dropped charges against football team captain Luka Modric - who was awarded the 2018 Ballon d'Or in Paris that evening for his sporting prowess.

Real Madrid's Croatia midfielder Luka Modric has won the 2018 Ballon d'Or award for the best player in men's football, while Norwegian forward Ada Hegerberg scooped the inaugural women's trophy.

What's more, the former Spurs midfielder has ended 10 years of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo running riot.

In his acceptance speech, Modric said: "It's a unique feeling. My dream as a kid was to play for a big club and win trophies and this is a dream", Modrić said after collecting the award.

"He (Solveig) came to me afterwards and was really sad that it went that way".

People are always going to have issues with the Ballon d'Or voting but the aforementioned choices are on another level.

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The top-ranking player from each selection was awarded six points, second four points, then three, two and one.

The total points received by each individual player based on the votes of each and every member of the jury are then added and the player with the most points is declared the victor.

Modric - the oldest victor since Fabio Cannavaro, also 33, in 2006 - was crowned after an outstanding year in which he starred in the Real side that retained the Champions League before heroically helping drag his country to the final of the World Cup for the first time in their history.

Ramos shared a picture of him watching the Ballon d'Or ceremony from home and wrote the caption: 'Congratulations, my Croatian brother.

Mario Mandžukić, who retired from global football after the World Cup, was ranked 25th.

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