Luka Modrić wins his first Ballon d'Or to break the Ronaldo-Messi duopoly

Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric.
Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric. / EFE
  • The first women's version of the prize went to Lyon's Norwegian striker Ada Hegerberg

Luka Modrić and Ada Hegerberg were the winners of French publication France Football's prestigious Ballon d'Or trophy at a ceremony on Monday night.

Real Madrid midfielder Modrić, who last season won the Champions League and reached the final of the World Cup, finished ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo (476 points) and Antoine Griezmann (414). With 753 points, the Croatian became the first player other than Ronaldo and Lionel Messi to win since 2007. Messi came fifth with 280 points.

This year saw the first women's version of the prize and its first ever recipient was Lyon's Norwegian striker Ada Hegerberg. Hegerberg's side won the treble last year with the forward scoring 13 goals in nine games on the way to Champions League victory. She finished ahead of Wolfsburg's Pernille Harder and teammate Dzsenifer Marozsán.

The moment, however, was marred by an incident involving host DJ Martin Solveig who asked her if she knew how to 'twerk'. He has since apologised.