Luka Modric shared the Ballon d’Or with his Real Madrid team-mates as the squad posed for a picture ahead of training on Tuesday.
The Croatia international received the ultimate recognition and secured his place in history at the Grand Palais in Paris on Monday night.
Modric was in the centre of the photo alongside Sergio Ramos with the prize on the pitch.
Luka Modric shared the Ballon d’Or with his Real Madrid team-mates as they posed for photo
The centre back uploaded a picture to his Instagram page on Tuesday of himself kissing Modric’s Ballon D’or trophy alongside the midfielder.
The caption read: ‘My respect, @lukamodric10.’
Ramos also posted a picture of himself holding the prize on to his Instagram story.
Modric’s team-mate Sergio Ramos posted a picture of himself holding prize on to Instagram
Ramos pretended to cry and used several crying face emojis as he asked when he’ll win the Ballon d’Or.
The prize has been the property of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi for the past 10 years and Modric – the first ‘new’ winner since Brazil great Kaka in 2007 – has had an exceptional 12 months.
He was instrumental in helping his club, Real Madrid, win a third consecutive Champions League in May and then became the heartbeat in the Croatia team that reached the World Cup final.
Modric celebrates with the Ballon d’Or award at the Grand Palais in Paris on Monday evening
‘I have such sensational emotions that I can’t really describe,’ said Modric.’When I was a kid, the dream was to play for big clubs and win trophies.
‘The Ballon d’Or was more than a dream. I simply cannot believe it. For all my career, I have tried to work hard and have persistence. In the tough moments, you have to show your courage and I always said the best things do not come easy. To achieve all this, it has not been easy.
‘But sooner or later, you get an opportunity and when it comes, you have to be ready to take it. I am still trying to take it on board that I have won this and become part of a group that belongs to history. It is a unique feeling.’