Croatia captain Luka Modrić created history when he won football’s most iconic individual award, the 2018 Ballon d’Or last night in Paris.
Modrić became the first Croatian ever to win the Ballon d’Or and ended the duopoly which Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo had on the award for the past 10 years.
“It is a unique feeling. I am proud and honoured. I want to thank my teammates and coaches at Real Madrid and those with the national team. I want to thank all those that voted for me and my family. My dream as a kid was to play for a big club and win trophies and this is a dream,” Modrić said after collecting the award last night.
On Tuesday, Ballon d’Or published a video where Modrić was shown his Ballon d’Or for the first time before the ceremony.
“It looks so good. One of the most beautiful trophies. When you called me and told me I was crying,” Modrić told Pascal Ferre, editor of France Football.
Luka Modric’s emotional reaction when he discovers his Ballon d’Or #ballondor
— #ballondor (@francefootball) December 4, 2018
There were also emotional scenes when the reaction of Luka’s father, Stipe, to the news of his award was beamed on the big screen at the ceremony in Paris.
— la chaine L’Équipe (@lachainelequipe) December 3, 2018
Modrić is the first football player in history to win the UEFA Player of the Year, FIFA Player of the Year, World Cup Golden Ball and Ballon d’Or all in the same year.