Soccer: Modric wins 2018 Ballon d’Or, breaks Messi-Ronaldo dominance

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Soccer Football – 63rd Ballon d’Or – The Grand Palais, Paris, France – December 3, 2018 Real Madrid’s Luka Modric with the Ballon d’Or award REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

PARIS (Reuters) – Real Madrid and Croatia midfielder Luka Modric was named winner of the 2018 Ballon d’Or on Monday, breaking Cristiano Ronaldo’s and Lionel Messi’s decade-long hold on the prestigious award.

Modric, 33, helped Real Madrid win a third successive Champions League title in May and also captained Croatia to their first World Cup final, being named player of the tournament despite his side losing 4-2 to France.

The award, voted for by journalists and organised by French magazine France Football, has been dominated by Messi and Ronaldo since 2008.

The last player to lift the award apart from the Argentine and Portuguese, who have won it a joint-record five times each, was Kaka in 2007 when the Brazilian played for AC Milan.

Reporting by Richard Martin; Editing by Ken Ferris

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