After having been named the Best FIFA Men’s Player of the Year
in September, Luka Modric completed his double Monday night by being awarded the Ballon d'Or as well. Modric's triumph ends a decade-long reign of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi over football's most prestigious individual prize.
Modric enjoyed a tremendously successful 2017/18 season that saw him win the Champions League, help his country reach the FIFA World Cup Final and win the best player award at the tournament in Russia. He is now the first player other than Cristiano Ronaldo and Messi to be voted best player of the year by international football journalists since the Brazilian Kaka won the Ballon d'Or in 2007.
Whether or not this is the end of the Messi-Ronaldo era remains to be seen though. Both players are still outstanding in terms of their individual statistics and if it hadn't been for Croatia's surprise run to the World Cup Final, it would have been hard to argue against Cristiano Ronaldo at this year's ballot.