Modric, Ballon d'Or 2018

He has won the Ballon d'Or, FIFA's The Best and UEFA's Best Player all in the same year.

Luka Modric has been the king of football in 2018. The Real Madrid midfielder was unanimously acknowledged as the world's best player. Having already picked up FIFA's The Best award, and  UEFA's Men's Player of the Year 2017/18, the Croatian was crowned as winner of the Ballon d'Or in Paris. France Football Magazine, who present the prestigious award, recognised his excellent year at a gala which was replete with Whites representation, heading by club president, Florentino Pérez

Modric saw off competition from Cristiano Ronaldo, Griezmann and Mbappé in a vote completed by journalists from around the world. “It's a special feeling, it's been a huge year for me", he stated as he collected the award. The midfielder had a special mention for the madridista squad: "Thank you to my Real Madrid teammates and to everyone who works for the club".

It's been a dream season, I can't ask for any more.

Real Madrid took centre stage at the Ballon d’Or gala. As well as Modric, another seven Whites’ players were on the list of 30 nominees for the award. No other team had so many candidates. "The Ballon d’Or has a great history with Real Madrid”, claimed Florentino Pérez after congratulating Modric on his achievement. The Croatian is the latest in a line of 10 Real Madrid stars to win the award.

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