WATCH: Real Madrid Playmaker Luka Modric is Simply the Best


Luka Modric has beaten the Ronaldo/Messi monopoly to win the Ballon D’Or prize as the best player in the world.

Modric, 33, won his third successive Champions League in May before helping Croatia to a first World Cup final.

Former Brazil and AC Milan forward Kaka was the last player other than Messi or Ronaldo to win it in 2007.

Ronaldo, who joined Juventus from Real Madrid in the summer, came second.

Barcelona forward Messi finished fifth, with Atletico Madrid frontman Antoine Griezmann and PSG attacker Kylian Mbappe – both of whom won the World Cup with France – third and fourth respectively.

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