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5 Oldest players to win the Ballon d'Or

  • 5 oldest recipients of the prestigious Ballon d'Or, with a record that is unlikely to ever be broken
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Modified 11 Feb 2020, 00:20 IST

#4 Luka Modric (2018; 33 years, 2 months, 24 days)

Real Madrid CF v Rayo Vallecano de Madrid - La Liga
Real Madrid CF v Rayo Vallecano de Madrid - La Liga

By winning the Ballon d'Or in 2018, Luka Modric not only became the 4th oldest recipient of the award but also broke Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo's dominance of the award.

Since Kaka won the award in 2008, the pair had exchanged Ballon d'Or's between them for a decade, after which the little Croatian came by and won it by virtue of his standout performances for club and country.

Modric played a pivotal role in Real Madrid's 3rd successive Champions League victory and topped it off by winning the Golden Ball in the 2019 edition of the FIFA World Cup, where Croatia lost out to France in the final.

Hailed as one of the best midfielders of his generation, the little magician has won everything there is to win in Spain was magical to watch on his day, as he controlled the midfield alongside Casemiro and Toni Kroos to devastating effect for Real.

Modric is in the fag end of his career and is expected to part ways with Real Madrid at the end of the season, with MLS clubs reportedly interested in signing him.

Published 11 Feb 2020, 00:20 IST
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