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Only humans are eligible to win the award now’ Modric’s Ballon d’Or divides opinion online

Only humans are eligible to win the award now’ Modric’s Ballon d’Or divides opinion online

Luka Modric was announced the 2018 Ballon d'Or victor ahead of five-time winners Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi on Monday.

The men's Ballon d'Or winner will be announced today - and an inaugural female victor will also be named.

Cape Town - Luka Modric's father held back tears as he paid a moving tribute to the 2018 Ballon d'Or victor at the awards ceremony in Paris, on Monday evening.

"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.

Meanwhile, Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar, the world's most expensive player, dropped to 12th having been voted third best in last year's poll. Kylian Mbappe, France's teenage star, was fourth and also collected the Kopa award for the best under-21 player. And Salah scored 44 goals in his debut season for Liverpool as well as reaching the Champions League final.

"When Zidane became Madrid coach in January 2016, he called me to his office one day after training and told me how he saw me as a player and what he expected of me".

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Cristiano Ronaldo and arch-rival Lionel Messi have won the award five times each over the past 10 years.

Modric was instrumental in that triumph and also steered Croatia to the World Cup final in Russian Federation in the summer, where they lost out to France.

France Football, which hands out the Ballon d'Or, and FIFA combined their awards to create the FIFA Ballon d'Or in 2010. Hegerberg refused and quickly left the stage. "I want to end this speech with a message to all young girls in the world".

Hegerberg has said she will not play for Norway at the Women's World Cup in France next June. Little did she know that her biggest day was about to be marred by an inappropriate comment.

The runway at the Grand Palace in Paris was dyed with magnificent players as France Football ran down the best 30 players in the world over the past year (as voted for by journalists).

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