Paris, Dec. 3 -- : After handing out the Ballon d'Or award to Argentine striker Lionel Messi, Real Madrid's Luka Modric said that football is just not about winning, it is also about having respect for your team-mates and rivals.

Modric had won the Ballon d'Or last year, but he did not even find a place in the 30-man nomination list and as a result, he became the first Ballon d'Or winner not to be nominated in the next year's edition.

"Sports and football are not just about winning, they're also about respect for your teammates and rivals," Modric tweeted.

Messi was awarded his sixth Ballon D'Or on Monday and as a result, he went past Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo. This was Messi's first Ballon d'Or win since 2015.

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