Luka Modric coast the Golden Ball.
The Croatian midfielder of Real Madrid was in the annual election of the best player, organized by voetbalmagazine France Football, the most points.
Cristiano Ronaldo won the Golden Ball in the last two years. The Portuguese attacker of Juventus this time finished as the second, at quite a distance from Modric. The Frenchman Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid) landed on the third place. Barcelona star Lionel Messi (FC Barcelona) was to the surprise of many, to settle for the fifth place, even behind Kylian Mbappé from Paris Saint-Germain.
Modric (33) was in september at the gala of FIFA in London also honoured as best player of the world in 2018. The European voetbalunie UEFA chose him at the end of August already as the best player.