The 33-year-old Modric - who was also named FIFA's Best Men's Player this year - helped Croatia to the World Cup final in Russian Federation having guided Madrid to a third successive Champions League crown.
Meanwhile, Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar, the world's most expensive player, dropped to 12th having been voted third best in last year's poll.
"As a kid we have dreams".
Trump says GM should repay US taxpayers for bailout
The president also said other countries sending their cars to the USA have been taking advantage of the situation for decades. Kudlow, who met with Barra on Monday, said that Trump felt betrayed by GM, which the government had been trying to help.
In June, Mamic was sentenced to six-and-a-half years jail for siphoning millions of dollars in transfer fees from the club, including part of the $16.5 million the club was paid when Modric moved to Tottenham Hotspur in 2008.
There are 30 candidates on the shortlist for the male award, including 11 Premier League players, Lionel Messi and current holder Cristiano Ronaldo. "My dream was to play for a big club and win important trophies", said Modric, who received the award from presenter and former France forward David Ginola during a ceremony at the Grand Palais in Paris.
The 33-year-old was instrumental as Real clinched a third successive Champions League trophy last season.
A "reputable" journalist represented each of the 195 countries, and they were asked to select their top-5 players from 2018, with their top-ranked footballer receiving six points, 2nd four points, 3rd three points, then two and one points for their final picks.
Chinese FM: Xi-Trump meeting indicates direction of two countries' relations
Ahead of the G-20, the US planned to increase tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese goods from 10% to 25%, effective January 1. China retaliated with import taxes on soybeans- a major American agricultural export- and cars and liquified natural gas.
Midfield wizard Luka Modric has been named recipient of the 2018 Ballon d'Or. Hegerberg is a three-time Women's Champions League victor with the French side and scored a tournament-record 15 times last season.
"I just want to enjoy it".
"The change of position helped me a lot in my career".
The 2018 Ballon d'Or victor will be announced by France Football on Monday 3rd December.
Qatar announces Opec exit days before pivotal oil cuts meeting
Markets were also buoyed by Canada's oil-rich province of Alberta deciding to cut production by 8.7 percent to support prices. The four nations have also pointed to Qatar's close relationship with Iran, with which it shares a massive offshore gas field.
"Sometimes you have to take tough decisions to stay true to yourself".