It comes after the midfielder spearheaded Croatia's charge to the World Cup final - and was named player of the tournament in the process - after helping Madrid win an unprecedented third straight Champions League title.
"As a kid we have dreams. I dreamed about it, but the Ballon d'Or was more than a childhood dream for me and it's a real honour and a privilege to hold this trophy tonight".
Ronaldo was hoping to overtake to Messi - both on five Ballon d'Or awards - last night in Paris. Brazil star Neymar was third previous year but only 12th this time. Women's fight for recognition on the biggest stage took a big step with Hegerberg's award.
Modric, 33, broke the 10-year Ronaldo and Messi stronghold on the award.
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"I won the Europa League, I won the Super Cup and the World Cup so it's a great year".
"They deserve it because of what they did with the national team at the World Cup and also because of the trophies they won with their clubs", Deschamps said.
Spain's Alfredo Relano had Griezmann top of the pile, followed by Mbappe, Modric, Ronaldo, and Kante, while Italy's Paolo Condo also went for Griezmann, ahead of Modric, Ronaldo, Mbappe, and Salah.
Hegerberg is a three-time Women's Champions League victor with French side Lyon and scored a tournament-record 15 times last season. Many will say that I say this only because I am his friend, but no.
"It is a fantastic day for women's football.it is important to show young girls that they can believe in themselves and I hope they are inspired by this".
Harry Kane, the only English player on the 30-man shortlist, ranked 10th in the poll after winning the World Cup Golden Boot in Russian Federation as he captained England to their best finish in 28 years. I didn't really think about it at the time to be honest.