A further breakdown of the results showed that the Croatian, who emerged the FIFA Best Men's Player in September, was voted the best across different continents before he was handed the prize at the ceremony in Paris. Yes, 19 and already a World Cup victor. "The Ballon d'Or was more than a dream for me and it is an honour and a privilege to hold this trophy".
France Football magazine has been awarding the Ballon d'Or since 1956, and created a women's award for the first time this year.
The men's Ballon d'Or winner will be announced today - and an inaugural female victor will also be named.
"I'm happy that I am the victor, but this award is also for all these players that probably deserved to win and didn't".
A huge surprise was Lionel Messi's positions in his homeland Argentina and the country he has played his football in for 14 years, Spain.
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We apologize for both. "I agree you come for one of us, you come for all of us at this table, hands down", she continued. He also discussed running for politics, admitting if he "had enough to drink one night he would think about it again".
Three Women's Champions League medals, four Division 1 Feminine trophies, three Coupe de France medals; UEFA Best Women's Player in Europe, Norwegian Sportsperson of the year. Alongside the 33-year-old, French youngster Kylian Mbappe was named the victor of Kopa Trophy for young player of the year. Maybe the European Cup is more important than the World Cup.
Mbappe and Griezmann scored in the 4-2 World Cup final win against Croatia.
On his way out the Atletico Madrid attacker was asked what he had to do to win it. "It didn't happen, this is a great feeling to win at least this, and very happy for it".
He's won the Ballon d'Or five times in his career. And Salah scored 44 goals in his debut season for Liverpool as well as reaching the Champions League final.
This also brings us to the question: why was Solveig, a French DJ, chosen to be a part of the presentation ceremony at a prestigious award like this?
"I want to say thanks to France Football".