Grenada also went for Manchester City striker Aguero but as their Ballon d'Or victor, not picking a single member of the French World Cup winning squad in the process.
After a shortlist of 3o players was selected by France Football magazine, a jury of worldwide journalists voted on the players they considered first, second and third.
"As a kid we have dreams".
"My son, I am the happiest and proudest father in the world", he said. Marca use Modric's quote of: 'My dream since childhood was to be a player in a great team, the Ballon d'Or is more than a dream'.
Paris St Germain's France forward Kylian Mbappe, who also collected the Kopa award for the best under-21 player, came fourth, with Barca forward Messi finishing fifth. Brazilian Neymar, third past year, was 12th despite a domestic treble with Paris Saint-Germain.
The men's Ballon d'Or winner will be announced today - and an inaugural female victor will also be named.
Women's fight for recognition on the biggest stage, meanwhile, took a big step with the award of Hegerberg, who plays for French side Olympic Lyonnais. "I want to end this speech with a message to all young girls in the world". The Portuguese ended up as runner-up, while Messi was not even in the top three.
Luka Modric has won the 2018 Ballon d'Or award with the Croat dominating the voting system accumulating 753 points. And Salah scored 44 goals in his debut season for Liverpool as well as reaching the Champions League final.
The Ballon d'Or was first awarded in 1956 and was partnered with soccer's world governing body Federation Internationale de Football Association under the title "The Best" from 2010 to 2015, until becoming its own entity again.
The outspoken 23-year-old Hegerberg said she won't play for Norway at the Women's World Cup in France next June. I don't think the respect has been there.
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