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Modric also won the Golden Ball at the World Cup.

Video compilation of Luka Modric's style of play shows why he won Ballon d'Or

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The day has finally arrived when the Ballon d'Or has eluded both Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Luka Modric took home football's highest individual accolade to cap a year in which he was named Croatian Player of the Year and won the Golden Ball at the World Cup.

The midfielder's achievement hasn't been welcomed universally, particularly with Messi voted into a lowly fifth place.

In the end, his victory was fairly comprehensive nevertheless as he earned 753 points across the board.

Accepting the award, Modric dedicated it to all the players who had been denied the prize by Ronaldo and Messi's dominance.

"This award is for all the players who probably deserved to win it and didn't. It was a really special year for me.

"Maybe in the past, there are some players who could have won the Ballon d'Or like Xavi, Andres Iniesta or [Wesley] Sneijder but people finally now are looking at someone else," he said, per the BBC.

"It is difficult to express my emotion and how I feel in words. It is something unique for me. It was very special.

"This award is for all the players who probably deserved to win it and didn't. It was a really special year for me."

Luka Modric has won the 2018 Ballon d'Or

To be fair, whoever wins the Ballon d'Or always causes a stir. Philip Lahm, the former Bayern Munich full-back, wrote in his Goal column in 2016 that it had become "a popularity contest for strikers" - so at least that's changed now.

Video analysis shows Modric's style of play 

Though Modric isn't enjoying his greatest season at Real Madrid, there is arguably no midfielder in the world quite like him - he sees passes that most can only dream of and his anticipation is second to none.

In light of the awards in Paris, French channel RMC compiled a video analysing his style of play and it really is mesmerising.

The one criticism Modric has received over the years is that he doesn't score enough goals, but that just isn't his responsibility at Real.

The former Tottenham man more than makes up for it elsewhere.

So, there you have it - the duopoly is over and finally, for the first time since Kaka in 2007, the Ballon d'Or has a new home.  

Did Modric deserve to win the Ballon d'Or? Have your say in the comments. 

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