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Luka Modric beats Messi, Ronaldo to win maiden Ballon d'Or

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and Luka on Monday grabbed the maiden of his career.

The 33-year-old, with the victory, put an end to the ten-year dominance of striker and Portugal's

Modric, who was accompanied by his wife and three children in the award ceremony, thanked his coaches and family in his acceptance speech. He admitted that he always wanted to play for big clubs as a child and winning was more than a childhood dream for him.

"It's a unique feeling. I'm happy, proud and honoured. The emotions I feel right now are hard to describe, but I would like to thank everyone who has allowed me to be here tonight. I would like to give thanks to my teammates and coaches at Real Madrid and To all those who voted for me, and my family. My wife and kids are fulfilling me as a person and preparing me in all aspects to succeed as a professional," quoted Modric, as saying.

"As a kid, my dream was to play for a big club and win trophies. was more than a childhood dream for me - and I'm truly honoured and privileged to win this trophy tonight," he added.

took to his official handle and posted a picture of him holding the prestigious trophy.


While Ronaldo was at the second place in the Ballon d'Or, forward attained the third position. The fourth spot went to French teenager followed by Argentina's

In August, was also named as the of the Year. He rose to heights after his sensational performance in World Cup. He guided the Croatian team to final, only to see the side ultimately losing 2-4 to The was awarded the Golden Ball at the tournament for his outstanding performance.

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First Published: Tue, December 04 2018. 08:08 IST