The 33-year-old broke Cristiano Ronaldo's and Lionel Messi's decade-long hold on the prestigious award, becoming the first victor other than Ronaldo or Messi since Brazil's Kaká in 2007.
Real Madrid and Croatia midfielder Luka Modric has dedicated his 2018 Ballon d'Or title to FC Barcelona legends Xavi and Andres Iniesta and revealed his retirement plans after the historic achievement.
Messi is credited with 45 goals and 23 assists in 50 matches in 2018.
France Football magazine has been awarding the Ballon d'Or since 1956, and created a women's award for the first time this year. Modric had never previously been in the top three.
The 33-year-old was instrumental as Real clinched a third successive Champions League trophy last season. Many will say that I say this only because I am his friend, but no.
The runway at the Grand Palace in Paris was dyed with magnificent players as France Football ran down the best 30 players in the world over the past year (as voted for by journalists). "It's a huge step for women's football", Hegerberg said.
The biggest shock when the results were revealed was the Ballon d'Or victor in the eyes of the Central African Republic. "Do you know how to twerk?" said Solveig.
Accompanied by a video apologising further to Hegerberg, Solveig wrote on Twitter: "Sincere apologies to the one I may have offended. I didn't really consider it a sexual harassment or anything in the moment", she told the BBC.
Kerr also helped Australia reach the AFC Women's Asian Cup final, which the Matildas lost to Japan in April, and has scored eight goals in 19 worldwide appearances this calendar year.
"I admired him and I respected him a lot when he was a player".
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