Luka Modric has turned out to be the winner of Ballon d’Or of the year 2018, the stellar year with Real Madrid, as well as Croatia. The former midfielder from Tottenham Hotspur has managed to beat the stiff competition from Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in order to bag the award.
In the official announcement, he had been tipped as the favorite, it was surprising that Messi, as well as Ronaldo, failed to show up for the award ceremony. Previously, the football superstars had dominated the Ballon d’Or with each of them winning the award five times.
As a matter of fact, a player to win the award apart from Messi and Ronaldo was back in 2007 when Ricardo Kaka from AC Milan had beat them boar to swoop in the prize. However, Modric has been able to overcome the odds in order to win his first award at Ballon d’Or.
The captain of Croatia has thoroughly enjoyed the present year by helping Real Madrid to reach the UEFA Champions League for the third successive year. He is also known to have played a primary role when Croatia ended up as runners-up in the World Cup 2018 held in Russia.
The Ballon d’Or is the 4th individual award that he has won in the present year. He has won the European Best Player, the FIFA World Best Player, and the Golden Ball during the time of the World Cup after his excellent performance in a run to the finals by Croatia.