The 2018/19 season may have been a poor year for Real Madrid in terms of both LaLiga Santander and the Champions League, yet both Sergio Ramos and Luka Modric have been recognized for their performances by being included in FIFA’s ‘The Best’ team selection.
As an XI of the best performing players in world football over the calendar year, Ramos has been a regular feature with the 2019 inclusion being his tenth time in the team.
For Modric recognition has been a little slower in coming, not least because of the midfield monopoly held on the award by Xavi Hernandez and Andres Iniesta in their prime years, but the Croatian is now a five-time inclusion in the team selection.
This follows the former Dinamo Zagreb playmaker being named as the best player in the world for 2018, when he lifted the coveted Ballon d’Or trophy.
The finalists for the individual men’s award are Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Virgil van Dijk, with the Dutchman hoping to be the first defender to win such individual acclaim since Fabio Cannavaro in 2006.
Having already lifted the award for being the best player in the Champions League for 2018/19, Van Dijk is considered the favourite to win the global award later in 2019.