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Ending decade long dominance of Ronaldo, Messi, Croatia’s Luka Modric wins Ballon d’Or

Real Madrid and Croatia midfielder Luka Modric won the most prestigious football award Ballon d’Or  2018 in Paris on Monday, breaking the long conventional tradition of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi winning the title.

The last player to win the award outside of Ronaldo and Messi was Brazilian great Kaka in 2007.

“As a kid we all have dreams. My dream was to play for a big club and win important trophies,” Modric said. “The Ballon d’Or was more than just a dream for me and it is really an honor and a privilege to hold this trophy. 2018 is a dream year for me. Throughout my career I realized hard work, persistence and belief in yourself in difficult moments are the foundations of success.”

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