Griezmann: What Else Do I Have To Do To Win Ballon d'Or?

Ballon d'Or: Luka Modric breaks decade of Ronaldo and Messi dominance

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

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.

The award is aptly named after former French and Real Madrid great Raymond Kopa, and the victor of the award is also selected by former Ballon d'Or winners.

Real Madrid's Croatian midfielder Luka Modric brandishes the trophy after receiving the 2018 FIFA Men's Ballon d'Or award for best player of the year.

So, although very rare, there was a reason for Ronaldo and Messi fans to team up to air their frustrations at the organisers of the award.

Henry Winter of the Times represented England for the award, picking Modric and Ronaldo has first and second while Messi pipped Griezmann to third and Real Madrid defender Rafael Varane completed the list.

Grenada also went for Manchester City striker Aguero but as their Ballon d'Or victor, not picking a single member of the French World Cup winning squad in the process.

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"I won a Europa League, a World Cup, what else do I have to do?" The Portuguese ended up as runner-up, while Messi was not even in the top three.

Under the current format, the list of nominees is drawn up by weekly magazine France Football, with journalists from around the world voting on the final victor.

The previous oldest victor was central defender Fabio Cannvaro, who was also 33 when he won it in 2006 after helping Italy win the World Cup.

"I want to say thanks to France Football". "I want to end this speech with a message to all young girls in the world".

Women's fight for recognition on the biggest stage, meanwhile, took a big step with the award of Hegerberg, who plays for French side Olympic Lyonnais.

He tweeted: "I explained to @AdaStolsmo the buzz and she told me she understood it was a joke".

"A lot of things need to be done to make the conditions better for women who play football", she said. "I do not know".

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