Since Brazilian Kaka was crowned the world's best player in 2007, Messi and Ronaldo have won the Ballon d'Or a record five times each - no other player has won the award more than three times.
Griezmann won both the Europa League and World Cup in 2018, the striker inspirational in the respective triumphs of Atletico Madrid and France.
"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. "The Ballon d'Or was more than just a dream for me and it is really an honour and a privilege to hold this trophy".
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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. Pretty standard. Although there was no room for World Cup Golden Boot victor Harry Kane.
Davor Suker was the last Croatian who came closest to the Ballon d'Or award, finishing second behind Zinedine Zidane in 1998. The Ballon d'Or ceremony was the centre of attention.
Hegerberg has said she will not play for Norway at the Women's World Cup in France next June. "Good question", he replied, before adding: "I congratulate Modric as the Ballon d'Or". I am very happy with my own year, have achieved all my objectives this year. Hegerberg is a three-time Women's Champions League victor with the French side and scored a tournament-record 15 times last season.
The biggest shock when the results were revealed was the Ballon d'Or victor in the eyes of the Central African Republic.