In December 2007, when Kaka won the Ballon d’Or, a lot of people never imagined what historic moment it was for the Brazilian. Not only had he entered the history books, he was the last man to win it outside the duo of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.With five Ballon d’Ors each, their domination began in 2008 with the Portuguese attacker winning as a Manchester United player.Other than the duo, no other Ballon d’Or winner is still playing given that Kaka retired a year ago.Their reign ended yesterday, December 3, 2018 as Luka Modric recoup the trophy from their hands and be crowned the Balon d’Or,. Indeed, Modric will enter history books as the first Croatian to have won the coveted award and the first player to beat the duo to the award.
The World Cup in Russia this summer has proved a strong influence as well as Modric’s success with Real Madrid.In Europe, a third consecutive Champions League title made him a leader in a legendary team, whilst he also took a team to the World Cup final only to be defeated by France, boasting the likes of Antoine Griezmann, Raphael Varane and Kylian Mbappe.
The balance began to swing his way after the World Cup when he started by winning a variety of individual awards, such as UEFA’s best player in Europe in August and FIFA’s The Best in October.The Ballon d’Or remains the peak, but it bring an end to the cycle. In December of last year, Modric was in the background of these events, congratulating Cristiano Ronaldo from the crowds as the Portuguese celebrated his fifth Ballon d’Or at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.
This time, he will receive the award and will do so in Paris accompanied by Florentino Perez, Sergio Ramos, Raul and Roberto Carlos.