Croatian international and Real Madrid midfielder, Luka Modric, has been named the best European player by the continent’s football governing body, UEFA.
Modric, was an integral part of Madrid’s Champions League winning team, before leading his national side to runners-up position at the 2018 World Cup. He has adjudged the best player at the tournament in Russia.
? WINNER ?— UEFA Champions League (ChampionsLeague) August 30, 2018
HNS_CFF#UEFAawards #UCLdraw pic.twitter.com/l0JxMnAEXw
He fended off competition from former teammate Cristiano Ronaldo, now with Italian giants Juventus. Ronaldo also led Portugal to the World Cup but they were beaten by eventual winners France in the knock-out stages.
The other contender was Egypt and Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah. Salah scored 44 goals for Liverpool last season, helping the English club reach the Champions League final where they lost to Real Madrid.
The awards were presented at this season’s Champions League group-stage draw in Monaco earlier today. The trophy returns to Madrid given that the holder till today was Ronaldo.
The Portuguese, who has three wins in total, and is the only player to have made the shortlist every year since UEFA created the award in 2011.
Go to video
FIFA U20 World Cup: Nigeria, Gambia reach knockout stage
Hasna Doumi, Morocco's first women's football coach, saves her club
Racism: Brazilians protest in support of international Vinícius Jr
Go to video
Vinícius incident: La Liga, racism and African players
Vinícius gains more support as La Liga embroiled in racism
Senegal wins U17 Africa Cup of Nations title