I warned that the EFF's total disregard for the rules would cause serious problems in years to come, writes Melanie Verwoerd.
While Megan Rapinoe is the leading candidate for the women's Ballon D'Or, the holder of the men's award, Luka Modric, and Neymar missed out.
Real Madrid face an anxious wait to see if Luka Modric and Gareth Bale will be fit for next week's Clasico against Barcelona.
Croatia suffered a setback in their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign as they were held to a draw by Azerbaijan in Baku.
There might have been two clubs toasting Athletic Bilbao signing Ibai Gomez from Alaves on Thursday - Athletic for one, but also Real Madrid.
Luka Modric was awarded the Ballon'dOr and Real Madrid crowned European champions but in Huesca they meet a team from the opposite end of the ladder.
Luka Modric's father held back tears as he paid a moving tribute to the 2018 Ballon d'Or winner at the awards ceremony in Paris.
All winners of the Ballon d'Or, after Luka Modric won the 2018 prize at a ceremony in Paris on Monday evening:
The winner of the 2018 Ballon d'Or will be revealed at a glittering ceremony in Paris on Monday evening.
Croatia's first fixture back on home soil after reaching the World Cup final should be a homecoming for heroes who defied the odds but won't.
FIFA best player of the year Luka Modric remains on track for a second major award after he was named among 30 nominees for the Ballon d'Or.
Real Madrid will be without both Gareth Bale and Luka Modric for this weekend's Liga match against Real Mallorca, Zinedine Zidane confirmed.
Luka Modric has been diagnosed with a groin injury less than a week before Real Madrid face Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League.
Real Madrid's troubles have deepened after Dani Carvajal and Lucas Vazquez were ruled out for several weeks through injuries.
Luka Modric added to his collection of awards after a successful 2018 when he was named Croatian sportsman of the year.
Croatia midfielder Luka Modric was a deserved winner of the Ballon d'Or award after a "wonderful year" for both club and country.
Luka Modric's journey from Croatian war child to the world's best footballer was celebrated when the Real Madrid midfielder hoisted the Ballon d'Or.
Croatian midfielder, Luka Modric has won the 2018 Ballon d'Or, breaking a 10-year old stranglehold on the award by Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
Having finally shaken off their World Cup hangover, finalists Croatia are aiming for their first Nations League victory when they face Spain.
England do have the ability to compete with Croatia's recently crowned FIFA player of the year Luka Modric, insists Chelsea midfielder Ross Barkley.
A Zagreb court has rejected charges that Croatia captain and Real Madrid star Luka Modric gave false testimony in a corruption trial.
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