Luka Modric wins 2018 Uefa’s men’s player of the year award

Luka Modric wins 2018 Uefa’s men’s player of the year award

Luka Modric wins 2018 Uefa’s men’s player of the year award

Real Madrid and Croatia midfielder Luka Modric has been named the UEFA Player of the Year for his fantastic performances both at club and global level in 2018.

Modrić was elected by the voices of 55 journalists from each UEFA member state, plus 80 coaches of clubs who played in the Champions League and Europa League past year.

However, it was revealed after the drawing of this season's Champions League group stage that the 33-year-old had been beaten to the award by his former club-mate.

The three players who got the most points in each category made up the final shortlist.

Modric was linked with a move to Inter this summer, but he will be staying put at Madrid and has declared that the Spanish side will be looking to win the Champions League yet again this season.

"I would like to dedicate this to my coaches and my team-mates, " said Modric.

'I'm at the best club in the world - it's where I want to be'.

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Real Madrid's Croatian midfielder Luka Modric in action against Villarreal at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium in Madrid.

So much so, that Los Blancos had a clean sweep of the awards: Best Goalkeeper, Best Defender, Best Midfielder, Best Forward and Best Player of UEFA.

Keylor Navas picked up the UEFA Goalkeeper of the Season award ahead of Alisson Becker and Gianluigi Buffon, previously of Roma and Juventus respectively.

He is the second "Eastern European" player who has entered the FIFPro World XI, the best team in the world.

UEFA also named the Women's Player of the Year at the ceremony, with Wolfsburg's Pernille Harder beating Lyon duo Ada Hegerberg and Amandine Henry to the top prize. Salah left the Champions League final in tears after the same shoulder was injured in a tackle by Ramos.

Real Madrid did as well as everyone expected them to at UEFA's gala which took place in Monaco.

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