Modric Won The Ballon D’or 2018, Ronaldo Pitying For Second
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Luka Modric became the owner of the Ballon D’or 2018 after surpassing Cristiano Ronaldo, Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe.
Below is the detailed report of the Golden Ball award ceremony
Ballon D’or 2018 grand award
About an hour before the Ballon D’or 2018 award ceremony, the organizers announced a list of players in the top 11-30. It’s worth notice when Neymar, the most expensive player in the world, has a relatively low position of 12th, even under N’Golo Kante.
Next, the organizer countdown list of Top 10 players for the Ballon D’or 2018, respectively Harry Kane (10), Kevin de Bruyne (9), Eden Hazard (8), Raphael Varane (7), Mohamed Salah (6) and Lionel Messi (5). This is the first time since 2006, Messi is outside the top 3 Ballon D’or.
By this time, the Ballon D’or 2018 is a competition between Cristiano Ronaldo, Kylian Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann, and Luka Modric. Finally, after half an hour of waiting in suspense, Modric was named on the podium to receive the grand award of the Golden Ball for the first time in his career, and also the first Croatian player to receive this honor. Cristiano Ronaldo finished second, Griezmann and Mbappe finished third and fourth respectively.
In 2018, Modric helped Real Madrid win the Champions League and put Croatia in the World Cup final. He was the Best Player of the 2018 World Cup. Before winning the Golden Ball, the Croatian midfielder owned the FIFA The Best 2018 and the European Player of the Year 2017/18.
Before honoring Modric, BTC announced the owner of the first Kopa award for the best U21 player. The one named is Kylian Mbappe. This is a reward worthy of what the young French star achieved in 2018.
Mbappe scored 32 goals and created 13 in 56 matches for PSG and France. He and PSG won the “treble” of the domestic league, with Les Bleus winning the World Cup in 2018. Personally, Mbappe won the Best Young Player of the World Cup 2018, Ligue 1 Youngest Player award, reached to FIFPro World XI’s Best Team of the Year.
Therefore, it is not surprising that Mbappe overcame a series of other candidates such as Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Christian Pulisic (Dortmund) and Justin Kluivert (Roma) to win the Kopa. The young French star got 55% of the vote.
In the women’s category, Ada Hegerberg is the first female player in history to win the Ballon D’or 2018. The 23-year-old Norwegian international was instrumental in helping Lyon win the Champions League in 2017/18.
About Ada Hegerberg
Born in Molde, Ada’s football story began after the family moved to Kolbotn. Realizing her daughter’s passion for soccer, the Ada family enrolled her in Kolbotn’s training academy, following in the footsteps of her sister Andrine. The Hegerberg sisters work side by side through many clubs. From Kolbotn, Stabaek and the German FFC Turbine Potsdam Club.
In 2010, at the age of 16, Ada became the most noticed female player in Norway with a hat-trick goal scored in just 7 minutes. Ada became the youngest female player to achieve that in the history of the national football. In the same year, the title of the best young player in the Norwegian league belonged to Ada.
2014 marked a turning point in the career of the two Hegerberg sisters. While Andrine went to England looking for opportunities in Birmingham City, Ada chose France, with the destination being Lyon club. That choice has pushed Ada’s career to the next level. The striker with bright blond hair plays in the colors of Lyon shirt, becoming the best striker of the club and the whole tournament.
In the 2015-16 season, Ada was voted Europe’s Best Female Player by UEFA with 54 goals in 35 matches. Ada even defeated Ronaldo in the best striker race of 2016. Thanks to the excellence of Ada, the Lyon women’s team won the Champions League for 3 consecutive years, from 2015-18. In particular, in the 2017-18 season, Ada set a record with 15 goals scored. The BBC recognized Ada’s personal accomplishments, voting her as the Best Football Player of 2017. And in 2018, she was the first female player in history to win the Ballon D’or 2018.
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