Luka Modric, the Real Madrid and Croatia midfielder has added the Ballon D'Or to the trophies won this year, after winning the UEFA and Federation Internationale de Football Association best player of 2018.
Mohamed Salah has been named in sixth place in the 2018 Ballon d'Or awards.
Modric's parents congratulate their son after video of a teary dad's (insert) reaction moves those in attendance.
The star-studded Paris ceremony could hardly be further removed from Modric's early years as a child refugee, fleeing the burned-out shell of a remote Croatian cottage where he spent part of his childhood.
"You are my genius".
Modric's father did compose himself a moment later to pay tribute to his son's tireless professionalism.
Real Madrid's Croatian midfielder Luka Modric kisses the trophy after receiving the 2018 FIFA Men's Ballon d'Or award for best player of the year during the 2018 FIFA Ballon d'Or award ceremony at the Grand Palais in Paris on December 3, 2018.
"As a kid we have dreams".
Modric, who joined Real Madrid from Tottenham Hotspur in 2012 for a reported 40 million euros ($45.40 million), was criticised in his debut season at the Bernabeu and named the worst signing of the year in a poll by newspaper Marca. "I dreamed about it, but the Ballon d'Or was more than a childhood dream for me and it's a real honour and a privilege to hold this trophy tonight".
He will get a chance to add to that total when the 2018 Ballon d'Or victor is announced later tonight.
With Barcelona forward and five-time champion Messi not even in the top three, the Real Madrid midfielder Modric overtook former teammate Ronaldo and Antoine Griezmann to win the award for the first time.
Kerr had another outstanding 2018, winning the NWSL golden boot, the PFA Women's Footballer of the Year and ESPY Award for Best International Women's Soccer Player.
"I'm happy, proud and honoured", said Modric, who also won the FIFA Player of the Year award in September.
"I just want to enjoy it". "It's a huge step for women's football", Hegerberg said.