Published: Wed, December 05, 2018
Sports | By Johanna Francis

Ballon d’Or 2018: Who did the ASEAN countries vote for?

Ballon d’Or 2018: Who did the ASEAN countries vote for?

The Real Madrid midfielder put a stop to the duopoly which Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo had on the award for the past 10 years by winning the 63rd edition of Ballon d'Or.

Modric won the Champions League with Real Madrid and then guided Croatia to the World Cup final in July.

The total points received by each individual player based on the votes of each and every member of the jury are then added and the player with the most points is declared the victor.

"As a kid we all have dreams".

"This award is for all the players who probably deserved to win it and didn't".

"I just want to thank all those who helped me to be here tonight, I thank my team-mates, my coaches, the staff and Real Madrid, all those who work there, the coaches and team-mates in the national team, the ones who voted for me and my family, which allows me to blossom as a person".

Ronaldo missed out on a record sixth award, which would have moved him one ahead of Messi.

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Messi was relegated to the relative backwaters, by his standards, of fifth behind Griezmann's global team-mate Kylian Mbappe, with Liverpool and Egypt striker Mohamed Salah the first Premier-League based player in the list. Brazil star Neymar was third previous year but only 12th this time.

The DJ was the subject of criticism on social media following his exchange Hegerberg and quickly apologised for his comments with a video posted on Twitter.

As he picked up the 63rd edition of the Ballon d'Or it represented a clean sweep of the highest accolades in global football, with the FIFA World Cup Golden Ball, FIFA Best Men's Player and the UEFA Men's Player of the Year.

The 33-year-old was instrumental as Real clinched a third successive Champions League trophy last season.

Those also in contention for the award included World Cup winners Antoine Griezmann, N'Golo Kante, Hugo Lloris, Kylian Mbappe, Paul Pogba and Raphael Varane, but it was the pint-sized pivot who capped off a memorable year by scooping the award.

When asked if he will ever claim the Ballon d'Or, Griezmann responded: "I think if I keep working the way I am, why not?"

There are 30 candidates on the shortlist for the male award, including 11 Premier League players, Lionel Messi and current holder Cristiano Ronaldo. "I didn't really consider it a sexual harassment or anything in the moment", she told the BBC. "It's a huge step for women's football", Hegerberg said.

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