Luka Modric ended the long reign of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo by winning the Ballon d'Or for the first time on Monday, while another first saw Norwegian forward Ada Hegerberg win the inaugural women's trophy.
The 2018 Ballon d'Or will be awarded on Monday, and for the first time in a decade, it might go to a new player.
"This award is for all the players who probably deserved to win it and didn't".
"I won the Europa League, I won the Super Cup and the World Cup so it's a great year".
Messi was relegated to the relative backwaters, by his standards, of fifth behind Griezmann's worldwide team-mate Kylian Mbappe, with Liverpool and Egypt striker Mohamed Salah the first Premier-League based player in the list.
"It is hard to express my emotion and how I feel in words".
Croatia captain Luka Modrić has won football's most iconic individual award when he was named the victor of the 2018 Ballon d'Or in Paris on Monday night.
Ronaldo finished in second place, 277 points behind Modrić with France's Antoine Griezmann third, 339 points behind the Croatian.
Among all the awards the victor of the women's Ballon d'Or was also announced, and Ada Hegerberg took the accolade after her performances for Lyon and Norway saw the former clinch the Champions League title.
The last player to lift the award apart from the Argentine and Portuguese, who have won it a joint-record five times each, was Kaka in 2007 when the Brazilian played for AC Milan.
Ramos shared a picture of him watching the Ballon d'Or ceremony from home and wrote the caption: 'Congratulations, my Croatian brother. I want to thank my teammates and coaches at Real Madrid and those with the national team. "It's a huge step for women's football", Hegerberg said.