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Luka Modric wins Ballon d’Or, while Kylian Mbappe wins inaugural Kopa

This summer, the forward helped lead France to the 2018 World Cup, becoming just the second teenager to score a goal in the final.

LUKA MODRIC WINS 2018 BALLON D’OR

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For a decade, there have been only two names on the Ballon d’Or: Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.







But Monday night in France, a player has finally broken the stranglehold that duo held over the golden trophy.

For the first time since Kaka in 2007, there is a new name on the award for best footballer on the planet. Luka Modric, the diminutive midfielder who helped Real Madrid win its third straight UEFA Champions League title and captained Croatia to a 2018 World Cup runner up finish, beat out Ronaldo and Antoine Griezmann to scoop up the Ballon d’Or.

It is the third individual award for 33-year-old Modric this season, after he won the FIFA Golden Ball as the top player at the 2018 World Cup, and the 2018 FIFA Best Men’s Player award.

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“It’s a unique feeling, I’m happy, proud and it’s an honor,” Modric said on the podium. “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.

“Always have dreams. I wanted to play in a big club, win titles, the Ballon d’Or is all I could dream about as a child. It is an honor to win it tonight. It is a great pleasure to be here around these players. I keep thinking, I’m trying to get used to being part of this group of exceptional players who have won the Ballon d’Or in history. It’s a great pleasure to be part of this group.

“Throughout my career I understood that work, persistence, believing in yourself, is the basis for expressing your talent. I like a saying; the best is never easy. For me, it was not easy. It was necessary to seize the opportunities.”

Lionel Messi finished fifth in the voting, the first time the Barcelona and Argentina player has been outside the top three since 2006.

KYLIAN MBAPPE WINS INAUGURAL KOPA TROPHY

Kylian Mbappe’s whirlwind career continued its ascent Monday, after he was named the first winner of the Kopa Trophy, presented to the top U-21 player in the world.

The award is named after France and Real Madrid star Raymond Kopa, winner of the 1958 Ballon D’Or.

Since the start of 2017, the 19-year-old has won some of the most prestigious awards there are in world football. He was named to the UEFA Champions League team of the tournament in 2016-17, after he led Monaco to the semifinals. Later that season, after his transfer to PSG, Mbappe won the 2017 Golden Boy trophy, 

This summer, the forward helped lead France to the 2018 World Cup title, becoming just the second teenager to score a goal in the final (Pele, 1958). Mbappe scored four goals for France in the tournament, and won the FIFA World Cup Best Young Player award, as well as earning a spot on the FIFA Dream Team 11.

Mbappe also finished fourth in the Ballon D’Or voting Monday.

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MIDWEEK PREMIER LEAGUE SCHEDULE

Tuesday

Bournemouth vs. Huddersfield, 2:45 EST (NBC Sports Gold)

Brighton vs. Crystal Palace, 2:45 EST (NBC Sports Gold)

Wes Ham vs. Cardiff City, 2:45 p.m. EST (NBC Sports Gold)

Watford vs. Manchester City, 3 p.m. EST (NBC Sports and Fubo.tv)

Wednesday

Burnley vs. Liverpool, 2:45 EST (NBC Sports Gold)

Everton vs. Newcastle United, 2:45 EST (NBC Sports Gold)

Fulham vs. Leicester City, 2:45 EST (NBC Sports Gold)

Wolverhampton vs. Chelsea, 2:45 EST (NBC Sports Gold)

Manchester United vs. Arsenal, 3 p.m. (NBC Sports and Fubo.tv)

Tottenham vs. Southampton, 2:45 EST (NBC Sports Gold)

F.A. CUP THIRD ROUND DRAW RESULTS

Bolton Wanderers vs. Walsall OR Sunderland

Millwall vs. Hull City

Gillingham vs. Cardiff City

Brentford vs. Oxford United

Sheffield Wednesday vs. Luton Town

Manchester United vs. Reading

Everton vs. Lincoln City

Tranmere Rovers OR Southport vs. Tottenham Hotspur

Preston North End vs. Doncaster Rovers

Newcastle United vs. Blackburn Rovers

Chelsea vs. Nottingham Forest

Crystal Palace vs. Grimsby Town

Derby County vs. Southampton

Accrington Stanley vs. Ipswich Town

Bristol City vs. Huddersfield Town

Wrexham vs. Leicester City

Fulham vs. Oldham

Shrewsbury Town vs. Stoke City

Solihull Moors OR Blackpool vs. Arsenal

Manchester City vs. Rotherham

AFC Bournemouth vs. Brighton & Hove Albion

West Ham United vs. Birmingham City

Woking vs. Watford

Burnley vs. Barnsley

QPR vs. Leeds United

Sheffield United vs. Barnet

Norwich City vs. Portsmouth

Middlesbrough vs. Peterborough United OR Bradford City

Wolverhampton Wanderers vs. Liverpool

Aston Villa vs. Swansea City 

Contact Sean Miller at seanmillertrentontimes@gmail.com. Follow him on Twitter @TheProdigalSean His weekly podcast, Box to Box Football, can be found on iTunes here https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/box-to-box-football/id1208561351?mt=2

This article was originally published by Nj.com. Read the original article here.

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