Real Madrid and Croatia midfielder Luka Modric won the 2018 Ballon d'Or, becoming the first player other than Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo to claim the award in more than a decade. Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have won the award a record five times each. The Ballon d'Or has been awarded every year by France Football magazine since Stanley Matthews won it in 1956. This year, Golden Ball for the best player of the year was given to both a woman and a man. See the winners.