Luka Modric wins this year’s FIFA Men’s player of the year award, beating Portugal talisman Cristiano Ronaldo and Egyptian genius Mohamed Salah, yesterday at the Royal Festival Hall in London.
The Croatian took his personal trophy tally to three this year after clinching the UEFA Men’s player of the year award when he led Madrid to win the UEFA Champions League trophy in May for the fourth time since his arrival at Madrid from Tottenham Hotspurs, and also the 2018 FIFA World Cup golden ball award after his master class performances which led to a runners-up finish for Croatia.
Modric becomes the first player to have won the coveted gong in front a fierce rivalry of Argentine Messi and Portuguese Ronaldo since 2017.
FIFA President, Gianni Infantino presented the award to Modric at the ceremony.
After the award presentation, the midfielder praised his teammates, both at Real Madrid and Croatia, and also his family and coaches at both club and country for the support.
“This trophy is not just mine it’s for all my Real Madrid team mates, for all my team mates from Croatia national team, for all the coaches that I have played for. Without them, this would not be possible and thank you a lot to them. This trophy is also for my family, without whom I would not be the player and person that I am,” Modric said.
Former teammate Ronaldo, who left for Juventus during this year’s summer transfer window, scooped the prize twice in the last two years, and finished second this year, and Mo Salah third. While Barcelona forward Lionel Messi failed to make it to the best 3 shortlist for the first time since 2006.