Real Madrid and Croatian midfielder Luka Modric has emerged the Ballon d'Or 2018 winner, otherwise known as the Best FIFA Football Awards. Here’s a look at what got him the incredible accolade.
Earlier this morning, FIFA had their annual Best FIFA Football Awards in London, England. Every year the Football Federation awards the very best in the game in an array of positions within a club.
Notwithstanding narrowly missing out on the World Cup this year against France, Modric was deservedly given time in the spotlight once again. This year Luka Modric was nominated for the high profile award alongside Cristiano Ronaldo and Mohammed Salah. His peers each had amazing seasons in their own respect, breaking plenty of records but it was Modric’s influence for both club and country that pushed him over the top.
Modric was very selfless in his thank you speech, showing his appreciation for his teammates both Real Madrid and Croatia. Last season Modric completed a three-peat in the Champions League and reaching the Finals of the World Cup.
— Luka Modrić (@lukamodric10) September 24, 2018
“This trophy is not just mine, it’s for all my Real Madrid teammates, for all my teammates from the Croatian national team, for all coaches that I have played for,” he said at the Best FIFA Football Awards held in London, “because without them this would not be possible.”
The midfield maestro has now made it three major awards in a row and will be looking to make it four come January for the Ballon d’Or. He has now won these three illustrious awards in just a four-month span. Over the last decade, the winners of the award have been dominated by the duo of Ronaldo and Messi.
In July, Modric won the FIFA Golden Ball Award, which is given to the best player of the tournament. Then in August, he was awarded the UEFA Champions League Player of the Year award.
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