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Croatia court drops false testimony charges against Luka Modric

Croatia court drops false testimony charges against Luka Modric”

Modric's recognition was reward for a fine 12 months during which he helped his club to lift the Champions League for the third successive season in May before playing a key role in Croatia's surge to the World Cup final.

After a shortlist of 3o players was selected by France Football magazine, a jury of global journalists voted on the players they considered first, second and third.

As decided by France Football, the eminent magazine, criteria for Ballon d'Or selection are: individual and collective performances (honours) in 2018; player's class (skills and fair play); and player's career.

Real Madrid's Luka Modric, FIFA's footballer of the year, will not face charges of giving false testimony in the criminal trial of his former boss at Dinamo Zagreb, who was convicted in June of evading tax and siphoning transfer fees from the club.

The annual football award, presented by France Football, has been dominated by Messi and Ronaldo for the past decade, with each clinching the accolade five times apiece since 2008.

Modric, 33, broke the 10-year Ronaldo and Messi stronghold on the award.

2018 FIFA Ballon d'Or awarded for best player of the year, Men's Ballon d'Or Real Madrid's Croatian midfielder Luka Modric, and Paris Saint-Germain's French forward Kylian Mbappe pose at the end of the 2018 FIFA Ballon d'Or award ceremony in Paris on December 3, 2018.

Hegerberg is a three-time Women's Champions League victor with French side Lyon and scored a tournament-record 15 times last season.

Kylian Mbappe, who dazzled for France as Les Bleus triumphed in Russian Federation in the summer, won the newly-formed Kopa award for the best young player. Hegerberg refused and quickly left the stage.

Ronaldo, who left Real for Italian giants Juventus in a £99.2million switch in July, finished as runner-up ahead of France's World Cup victor Antoine Griezmann. Many will say that I say this only because I am his friend, but no.

He also won the best Federation Internationale de Football Association men's player earlier this year, beating competition from Ronaldo and Egypt's Mo Salah.

Two other Croatians made the final Ballon d'Or classification. "I didn't really consider it a sexual harassment or anything in the moment", she told the BBC.



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