Modric's recognition was reward for a fine 12 months during which he helped his club to lift the Champions League for the third successive season in May before playing a key role in Croatia's surge to the World Cup final. The 33-year-old midfielder was voted player of the tournament.
"As a kid we have dreams". My dream was to play for a big club, to win important trophies. Marca use Modric's quote of: 'My dream since childhood was to be a player in a great team, the Ballon d'Or is more than a dream'.
It's an interesting thought but obviously there's a couple of holes in the theory, not least because Messi won all five of his awards with Ronaldo at Real whereas the former Sporting winger won his first at Manchester United.
Lionel Messi was notably missing from the top three as he finished fifth behind Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappe who sits at fourth place. Brazilian Neymar, third previous year, was 12th despite a domestic treble with Paris Saint-Germain.
Canadian forward Christine Sinclair was one of 15 players up for the women's Ballon d'Or, which was won by Norway's Ada Hegerberg. Hegerberg refused and quickly left the stage.
Victory caps a stellar year for Modric, who also was named the world's top male player at the Best Fifa Football Awards and received the Golden Ball award for the best player at the World Cup.
This year marked a new era for the Ballon d'Or, as France Football handed out the inaugural women's honour.
Mario Mandžukić, who retired from global football after the World Cup, was ranked 25th.
A close friend of Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo has launched a furious attack on the Ballon d'Or. "I want to end this speech with a message to all young girls in the world".
The pair were also nominated for this year's award in a 30-strong shortlist that also featured the likes of France's World Cup winners Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann and Modric's Croatian teammates Ivan Rakitic and Mario Mandzukic. "I didn't really consider it a sexual harassment or anything in the moment", she told the BBC. I don't think the respect has been there.
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