Croatia court drops false testimony charges against Luka Modric

Croatia court drops false testimony charges against Luka Modric

Croatia court drops false testimony charges against Luka Modric

Interestingly, the 33-year-old Modric has entered the record books as the oldest recipient of the award, and also the first player in history to receive the World Cup Golden Ball, UEFA Men's Player, FIFA Best Men's Player and Ballon d'Or in the same year. The Portuguese ended up as runner-up, while Messi was not even in the top three.

PSG and France's Kylian Mbappe came fourth but won the youth prize instead. Pretty standard. Although there was no room for World Cup Golden Boot victor Harry Kane.

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. And Salah scored 44 goals in his debut season for Liverpool as well as reaching the Champions League final. But the best wasn't there, the player who's been king of this sport for years.

Croatia captain Luka Modrić has won football's most iconic individual award when he was named the victor of the 2018 Ballon d'Or in Paris on Monday night.

The Croatian won the Ballon d'Or on Monday night after a stellar 2018 which saw him win the Champions League and help his nation to the World Cup final.

But the France Football-organised Ballon d'Or is still considered the top individual honour in world football, with Modric delighted to be recognised as the finest player on the planet in 2018.

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. "Good question", he replied, before adding: "I congratulate Modric as the Ballon d'Or".

"I want to say thanks to France Football".

Despite the fact that both players have won the award five times, their fans were not enthused that it went to Modric this time.

The DJ was the subject of criticism on social media following his exchange Hegerberg and quickly apologised for his comments with a video posted on Twitter. "This was a joke probably a bad one, I want to apologise to the one I offended, sorry about that".

"I've two years left on my [Madrid] contract, and hopefully some more than that", Modric said. I don't think the respect has been there.

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