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    Ballon d’Or: 2018 – Luka Modric breaks the Messi-Ronaldo dominance

    Before Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo came along, the most Ballon d’Or awards won by a single player was three – a feat achieved by Johan Cruyff, Michel Platini and Marco van Basten.

    You don’t need telling that Messi and Ronaldo have completely rewritten football history and by 2018 they had been presented with that iconic golden ball five times each.

    No one other than those two had won it since Kaka in 2007, creating an incredible and seemingly unbreakable duopoly of the highest individual honour in world football.

    But it could not last forever and 2018 was finally the year it ended – even though Messi won again in 2019 – when Luka Modric was the grateful recipient of the Ballon d’Or.

    It was no certainly no given that the Messi/Ronaldo dominance would end in 2018.

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