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Modric officially ended Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi's dominance of individual awards after scooping the Ballon d'Or award on Monday night, after being integral to Real Madrid winning their third Champions League in a row under Zinedine Zidane.

Modric won the Champions League with Madrid and guided Croatia to the World Cup final in July.

For the first time, France Football is also giving out a women's Ballon d'Or award in addition to the Kopa Trophy, named for French great Raymond Kopa and given to the world's best player under 21.

Luka Modric was destined for the Ballon d'Or trophy, according to his former manager Zinedine Zidane, who told the Croatian midfielder that he could win it when the pair spoke in January 2016.

"2018 is a dream year for me", Modric said. But the best wasn't there, the player who's been king of this sport for years.

Luka Modric Real Madrid

France Football has awarded the prestigious prize to the best male player every year since 1956, adding a women's award this year. Now plying her trade at Lyon, she is a three-time Women's Champions League victor.

Despite helping Barcelona canter to a domestic double last term, Lionel Messi could only muster a fifth place finish, his lowest ever finish since 2006 some 12 years ago, as Argentina crash out of the World Cup in the Round of 16.

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"I'm a little amazed and astonished with what I'm reading on the internet, of course I didn't want to offend anyone", he said. Hegerberg refused and quickly left the stage.

After a shortlist of 3o players was selected by France Football magazine, a jury of global journalists voted on the players they considered first, second and third. I don't think the respect has been there. The suggestion clearly made Hegerberg uncomfortable. "I let them know, quite clearly, what I found wasn't working".

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In last night's Europa League clash against PAOK , Chelsea won by a four-goal margin, no thanks to Yevhen Khacheridi's red card. Hudson-Odoi turned on the style against the Greek side, scoring his first senior goal and setting up Alvaro Morata's strike.