Having won the UEFA Men’s Player of the Year and World Cup’s Player of the tournament, Luka Modric adds to his tally of awards by landing the coveted FIFA’s The Best of 2018.
The Real Madrid and Croatian midfielder beat off competition from Mohamed Salah and Christiano Ronaldo, fellow nominees, to clinch the award in London this night.
This adds to the impressive honors the diminutive Croatian has received this year. After an intriguing Russia World Cup that saw Croatia battle it down to the final, Modric was awarded the Golden Ball of the tournament for his feisty heroics all through the competition.
A truly impeccable season with club side, Real Madrid CF saw the creative midfielder win the third consecutive UEFA Champions League trophy as well as the fourth in a Real Madrid shirt. His brilliant efforts throughout the competition went unnoticed as the UEFA’s Men Player of the Year award went his way last month where he also beat off Ronaldo and Salah.
Upon the reception of the award, the humble midfield maestro dedicated the award to both his country and club teammates, coaches, and his family.
This trophy is not just mine, it’s for all my Real Madrid team-mates, for all my team-mates from the Croatia national team, for all the coaches that I have played for,” he said.
“This trophy is also for my family, without whom I would not be the player and person that I am. They are my ‘the best’.
He also added good remarks about his former teammate and the Liverpool forward who made up the award’s shortlist.
“First of all I would like to give congratulations to Mohamed [Salah] and Cristiano [Ronaldo] for the seasons they have had, and I’m sure that in the future you will have another opportunity to win this trophy,” Modric expressed.
Unarguably, the other two attackers also had impressive seasons in the past year. The Portugal superstar, Ronaldo was able to net 44 goals, 15 of which were in the Champions League that helped Real Madrid to win the trophy the third time consecutively. The high number of goals also made him the top scorer for the 2017 /2018 European competition.
Prior to Luka’s emergence as FIFA’s The Best Player of the Year, the FIFA World Player of the Year, the former name of the FIFA’s The Best Awards was hegemonized by Ronaldo and Barcelona captain, Lionel Messi. The latter, however, didn’t make it to the top three nominees shortlisted for the awards. Just like Ronaldo, the Argentine was absent from the awards ceremony.
The third nominee, Mohamed Salah had the most applaudable debut season for Liverpool FC. His 44 goals in 52 games were enough to contribute greatly to Liverpool’s run to the Champions League final as well as the English top flight’s top four finish. He also won the Golden Boot award for most goals scored in the English Premier League.
Ronaldo dethroned as Europe’s Best and FIFA’s The Best, CR7 and LM10 domination halted, Modric, a new football king in Europe and across the globe; a new chapter just opened in the game of soccer.