Croatian midfielder Luka Modric deservedly won the FIFA best player title on Monday night at the Royal Festival Hall. The creative genius starred for both club and country and ended Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi’s decade-long domination of football’s individual awards.
Modric was a key factor in the heart of Real Madrid’s midfield and helped them win a third straight Champions League trophy. But he did not stop there as he inspired his nation Croatia to the final of the World Cup against France. Bossing the midfield for his club as well as his nation Modric displayed class and consistency at its very best.
Modric came in ahead of Ronaldo (19 percent), Mohamed Salah (11.2 percent), Kylian Mbappe (10 percent) and Messi (9 percent), who along with Ronaldo skipped the ceremony.
According to the Times of India, the Croatian said:
“This award is not just mine. It is my teammates’ from Real Madrid and Croatia. Without my coaches, I would not have won this and without my family, I would not be the player I am today.
“The emotion is huge because it is thanks to the work of everyone. So many people have come together and so many have supported me”
Modric expressed his joy:
“It was an unbelievable season, the best season in my life.
“I’m still not realising how good a year I had collectively, individually, and I’m very proud for everything I achieved this year and it will be remembered forever.”
It was truly an unforgettable season for the midfield maestro and there could not have been a better choice for the award. We salute the 33-year-old for his achievement and wish him luck for the future.