Midfielder Luka Modric, playing for Real Madrid, opened a new chapter in Ballon d'Or (Golden Ball) history as he became the first Croatian to claim the award on Monday.
It was the latest recognition for his achievement and contribution throughout the year, following the UEFA Men's Player of the Year Award and the Best FIFA Men's Player.
Modric ended the past decade dominated by Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi for the Ballon d'Or, as the two superstars claimed it five times apiece.
The Croatian also had terminated Ronaldo and Messi's 10-year duopoly in the FIFA award in September.
Modric spearheaded Croatia into the World Cup final for the first time in history in Russia, winning the tournament's Golden Ball himself.
On the club side, the playmaker won the third straight UEFA Champions League title with Real Madrid.
"As a kid we all have dreams. My dream was to play for a big club and win important trophies," the 33-year-old Modric said. "The Ballon d'Or was more than just a dream for me and it is really an honor and a privilege to hold this trophy."