Paris has hosted Luka Modric’s end of year party as he was given the Ballon d’Or awarded by France Football as the best player in the world in 2018.
The 33-year-old beat Cristiano Ronaldo and Antoine Griezmann, who joined him on the podium, and has been the stand out player this year.
Real Madrid’s man has reaped the rewards of his decision to move to Chamartin from Tottenham and has reached his peak.
He has long been highly valued by his team-mates but that climbed to all new levels at the World Cup in Russia as his team-mates were left in awe as his talent carried them to the World Cup final for the first time in the nation’s history.
It may have been empathy for his small country of just four million residents, but he left Russia with the Golden Ball for the tournament’s best player.
Even though France thrashed his team in the final, he remained the star of the competition.
That was just the beginning as he went on to be crowned by France Football, ending 10 years of dominance by Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi to enter the history books.
Not a goalscorer like the two most recent winners, he has been a creator and team player instead.
The Madrid number 10 has won it all this year, including the best player of last season’s Champions League and FIFA’s The Best award, which had only previously been won by Cristiano Ronaldo.
Ronaldo finished second in the Ballon d’Or running, beating Antoine Griezmann on the podium.
Modric also picked up the award for the best Croatian player, a spot in the team of the year for the Champions League and the World Cup and the best midfielder according to UEFA and FourFourTwo.
The IFFHS also named him the best builder of play in the world following statistics.
The year of 2018 has been the year of Luka Modric and there is no better evidence than with the Ballon d’Or victory.