It comes after the midfielder spearheaded Croatia's charge to the World Cup final - and was named player of the tournament in the process - after helping Madrid win an unprecedented third straight Champions League title.
After becoming the first Croatian to win the Ballon d'Or, Modric quickly pledged his future to three-time reigning Champions League holders Madrid amid links with Serie A side Inter. "I'm as surprised as anyone that he's not on the Ballon d'Or podium", Valverde said at his pre-match press conference."It's odd, he was the best player in the Champions League, but we don't decide these things, it's UEFA".
French World Cup star and Paris Saint-Germain teenage striker Kylian Mbappe came fourth, leaving Messi in fifth position.
While the two men attracted most of the paparazzi, the event also witnessed another victor: the first in its 62-year history. Hegerberg is a three-time Women's Champions League victor with the French side and scored a tournament-record 15 times last season.
Harry Kane's impressive season along with his Golden Boot award at the World Cup earnt him first prize on the South Pacific Island of Vanuatu.
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Modric was instrumental in that triumph and also steered Croatia to the World Cup final in Russian Federation in the summer, where they lost out to France.
The 2018 Ballon d'Or victor will be announced by France Football on Monday 3rd December. "I want to end this speech with a message to all young girls in the world".
Monday was a big day for many people in the football galaxy.
Without getting into the debate on whether Ronaldo or Messi are done winning the Ballon d'Or, Modric's feat will once again instill the belief among other players that they too can have their names inscribed in the elite list of Ballon d'Or winners.
Hegerberg has said she will not play for Norway at the Women's World Cup in France next June. To be made uncomfortable in front of hundreds in the crowd and millions on the screen, proves all that's wrong with the treatment of women's football. I don't think the respect has been there. "I do not know".