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Ballon d’Or 2018 results: Winner Luka Modric confirmed, Lionel Messi fifth, Sam Kerr, Cristiano Ronaldo

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The winner of the 2018 Ballon d’Or was leaked online hours before the ceremony even began, confirming Croatia captain Luka Modric as the recipients.

Modric, who led his country to the final of the World Cup, as well as playing a huge part in Real Madrid’s third consecutive Champions League triumph, became the first player who name isn’t Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo to win the award since 2007.

He was the heavy favourite going into the ceremony having already collected Fifa’s The Best award, football’s governing body’s own version of the Ballon d’Or.

DUOPOLY OVER! MODRIC CLAIMS BALLON D’OR BUT KERR IS SNUBBED



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A-League expansion: Selection, new teams, staggered approach, reactions, Simon Hill, Brenton Speed, Daniel Garb, South West Sydney, Western Melbourne Group

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The A-League will expand to 12 teams over the next two seasons after FFA granted two new licences on Thursday.

The decision to green light Western Melbourne for next season, and Macarthur-South West Sydney for 2020/21, has been met with much debate and discussion.

Here’s how Fox Sports football experts’ Simon Hill, Brenton Speed and Daniel Garb reacted to the news.

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WESTERN MELBOURNE: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE NEXT A-LEAGUE TEAM

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La Liga: Vinicius Junior, Real Madrid young gun

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The first player born in the 21st century to play in La Liga for Real Madrid, Brazilian starlet Vinicius Junior has arrived impressively to the top level in recent months, with the still just 18-year-old dealing admirably with all the pressure and attention which comes with coming so far so fast.

Born in Rio de Janeiro in July 2000, Vinicius Jose Paixao de Oliveira Junior joined his city’s Club de Regatas do Flamengo as a 10-year-old and was soon being well known locally for his dazzling skills and ball control.

The youngster then first came on the radar of many international observers when finishing as top scorer as Brazil won the 2015 South American U-15 championship in December 2015, and then completing the same double as his national team won the continental Under-17 championship in March 2017.

A senior club debut with Flamengo in Brazil’s Serie A soon arrived, and within a few months a deal was agreed to take him to Madrid as soon as FIFA rules for the transfer of young players allowed.

Vinicius Jr is a young gun on the rise.
Vinicius Jr is a young gun on the rise.Source: Supplied

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Jose Mourinho won’t be able to do THIS for Man Utd against Liverpool – Reds hero

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JOSE MOURINHO will not be able to use a defensive tactic for Manchester United against Liverpool.

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