Luka Modric has tonight been crowned as the best player in the world, with the Real Madrid midfielder claiming the 2018 Ballon d’Or in Paris. France Football, who award the prestigious accolade, recognized the Croatian’s outstanding year at an event attended by a large number of Real Madrid representatives, headed up by president Florentino Pérez. Modric saw off competition from Cristiano Ronaldo, Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappé in votes cast by journalists from across the world.
Since the last Ballon d’Or was award, Modric has led Real Madrid to Club World Cup and Champions League glory. He produced two stellar performances in Abu Dhabi en route to clinching the tournament’s Golden Ball award. In Europe’s elite club competition he was instrumental in securing the club’s thirteenth European Cup crownand was named as the competition’s top-performing midfielder.
What’s more, in the summer he captained Croatia to a historic spot in the World Cup final. After weighing in with two goals and producing two Man-of-the-Match performances, he landed the Russia 2018 Golden Ball award. This calendar year has also seen Modric secure FIFA’s The Best Award and the UEFA Men’s Player of the Year distinction.