First female victor of Ballon d’Or asked to ‘twerk’ on stage

Modric tipped to win Ballon d'Or and end Messi Ronaldo dominance

Luka Modric was announced the 2018 Ballon d'Or victor ahead of five-time winners Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi on Monday.

He was huge as Real Madrid won the Champions League and an inspiring captain and midfield force in driving Croatia to the World Cup final.

"He is an excellent player, very good".

"As a kid we have dreams. My dream was to play for a big club and win important trophies", Modric said.

"I just want to thank all those who helped me to be here tonight, I thank my team-mates, my coaches, the staff and Real Madrid, all those who work there, the coaches and team-mates in the national team, the ones who voted for me and my family, which allows me to blossom as a person".

It was posted next to a picture of Ronaldo with one of his five awards from previous years. France's teen star, Kylian Mbappe, was fourth in the polling.

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The veteran Italian keeper and Paris Saint-Germain star, when asked about Ronaldo not being there, is quoted by FourFourTwo, saying: 'I think we are all free people. Honoured by one and all, Hegerberg stood on the stage, ready to be greeted by former France global David Ginola and French DJ Martin Solveig. Stats-wise, the midfielder was nowhere near Messi and Ronaldo, but his performance in the World Cup seems to have swayed the votes in his favour. And Salah scored 44 goals in his debut season for Liverpool as well as reaching the Champions League final.

Also, Norwegian forward Ada Hegerberg won the inaugural women's Ballon d'Or.

However, it left most stunned, including Mbappe, who was pictured speechless at the incident, at the appalling change in tone as the words were subjected to Hegerberg, a woman achiever.

Harry Kane, the only English player on the 30-man shortlist, ranked 10th in the poll after winning the World Cup Golden Boot in Russian Federation as he captained England to their best finish in 28 years.

"There wasn't a specific moment where he told me: You can win it", he told France Football. "I let them know, quite clearly, what I found wasn't working".

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