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Luka Modric with the Ballon d'Or
Luka Modric with the Ballon d'Or

Real Madrid and Croatia star Luka Modric has claimed the 2018 Ballon d'Or at a ceremony in Paris.

It is the first time since 2007 that the award has gone to a player other than Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi.

The prize completes and fine 12 months for Modric, who won the Champions League with his club at the end of last season and was named Best FIFA Footballer of the Year in September after helping his country reach the World Cup final in Russia, where he was awarded the Golden Ball.

"It’s an unbelievable feeling, and a big pleasure to be here among all these players," he said.

"I am still trying to realise that I have become part of a group of exceptional players. To win means I did something really special on the pitch this year, that’s why 2018 was the year for me."

Modric, who is the first Croatian to win the Ballon d'Or, beat off competition from former Real Madrid team-mate Ronaldo, who was second, and France's World Cup winner Antoine Griezmann in third place.

Griezmann's international team-mate Kylian Mbappe was named in fourth place, with Messi fifth.

Liverpool's Mohamed Salah in sixth was the first English-based player in the list, while England skipper Harry Kane was 10th.

Sweden's Ada Hegerberg won the first ever Ballon d’Or Féminin award.

Ballon d'Or: Full list

1st: Luka Modric

2nd: Cristiano Ronaldo

3rd: Antione Griezmann

4th: Kylian Mbappe

5th: Lionel Messi

6th: Mohamed Salah

7th: Raphael Varane

8th: Eden Hazard

9th: Kevin De Bruyne

10th: Harry Kane

11th: N'Golo Kante

12th: Neymar

13th: Luis Suarez

14th: Thibaut Courtois

15th: Paul Pogba

16th: Sergio Aguero

=17th: Gareth Bale

=17th: Karim Benzema

=19th: Roberto Firmino

=19th: Ivan Rakitic

=19th: Sergio Ramos

=22nd: Edinson Cavani

=22nd: Sadio Mane

=22nd: Marcelo

=25th: Jan Oblak

=25th: Mario Mandzukic

=25th: Alisson

=29th: Hugo Lloris

=29th: Isco

=28th: Diego Godin

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