After a shortlist of 3o players was selected by France Football magazine, a jury of worldwide journalists voted on the players they considered first, second and third.
"As a kid we all have dreams". "The Ballon d'Or was more than a dream for me and it is an honour and a privilege to hold this trophy".
Modric, 33, broke the 10-year Ronaldo and Messi stronghold on the award.
France Football has awarded the prestigious prize to the best male player every year since 1956, adding a women's award this year. Brazil star Neymar was third previous year but only 12th this time. Hegerberg refused and quickly left the stage. The Portuguese ended up as runner-up, while Messi was not even in the top three.
Hegerberg is a three-time Women's Champions League victor with Olympic Lyonnais and scored a tournament-record 15 times last season. He wanted me to open myself more.
Modrić this year has already the UEFA Champions League, 2018 World Cup Golden Ball, UEFA Player of the Year, FIFA "Best" Player of the Year and IFFHS Playmaker of the Year as well as runners-up medal at the World Cup.
"A disappointment? Well, from where I come, it's no problem", he said. I didn't really think about it at the time to be honest.
He tweeted: "I explained to @AdaStolsmo the buzz and she told me she understood it was a joke".
Accompanied by a video apologising further to Hegerberg, Solveig wrote on Twitter: "Sincere apologies to the one I may have offended".
Under the current format, the list of nominees is drawn up by weekly magazine France Football, with journalists from around the world voting on the final victor.
"I admired him and I respected him a lot when he was a player".
"People who have followed me for 20 years know how respectful I am especially with women".