Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric is the favourite to win the Ballon d’Or for the year 2018.
He received the honour in a glittering ceremony in Paris on Monday.
“An unbelievable feeling”
“It’s an unbelievable feeling,” Modric said.
“It’s a big pleasure to be here among all these players.
“I am still trying to realise that I have become part of a group of exceptional players to win the Ballon d’Or throughout history.”
World Cup winners Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe were among the closest challengers to Modric for the most coveted player award in the sport.
The ceremony was hosted by former Tottenham and Newcastle star David Ginola.
Missing out on first prize this year was Juventus striker Ronaldo, who has won the Ballon d’Or five times since 2008.
The Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo Ballon d’Or duopoly is no more after Luka Modric won the award for the first time in Paris on Monday.
Hegerberg wins women’s Ballon d’Or
Lyon striker Ada Hegerberg has won the inaugural women’s Ballon d’Or.
She scored an incredible 42 goals in 25 games for her club last term.
“I want to ask every young woman to believe in themselves,” she says upon receiving the award.