Unexpected winner beats Ronaldo and Salah to UEFA’s player of the year award

Luka Modric was named as UEFA player of the year for his exploits with Real Madrid last season, beating Cristiano Ronaldo and Mohamed Salah to the prize.

The Croatian midfielder enjoyed a stellar year at club level with Los Blancos, playing a pivotal role in the middle of the park as the club won an unprecedented third successive Champions League crown.

Madrid beat Liverpool 3-1 in the final back in May, thanks to a stunning brace from Gareth Bale and a goal from Karim Benzema, which cemented their current place as the most dominant force in European football.

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Modric also enjoyed a fantastic summer at the World Cup in Russia with his country, helping them reach the final against France to cap off his incredible campaign on a personal level. Although Croatia lost 4-2 in the final, the 32-year-old still managed to pick up the award for the best player at the tournament and tonight he has added another prestigious individual honour to his collection.

According to Sky Sports, Modric received UEFA’s player of the year award tonight ahead of Ronaldo and Salah, who had both been installed as favourites for the prize ahead of him before tonight’s ceremony.


The diminutive playmaker will now surely be one of the frontrunners for the Balon d’Or, with his career seemingly going from strength to strength as he approaches his twilight years as a professional.

The announcement of his award tonight preceded the draw for this season’s group stage and Real Madrid have been pitted against AS Roma, CSKA Moscow and Viktoria Plzen as they kick off their fourth defence of the European Cup in mid-September.

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