Modric beats Salah, Ronaldo to top UEFA award

Modric beats Salah, Ronaldo to top UEFA award

Modric beats Salah, Ronaldo to top UEFA award

Croatian global and Real Madrid midfielder, Luka Modric, has been named the best European player by the continent's football governing body, UEFA.

He won the Champions League for a third straight year with Real Madrid before winning the Golden Ball at the World Cup after a string of excellent performances helped Croatia reach the final.

Modrić picked up this latest accolade on stage in Monaco during the 2018/19 group stage draw.

Modric, meanwhile, was seen as the brain behind Real's four trophies and was named the Player of the Tournament at the Club World Cup as well as the 2018 FIFA World Cup, where his team Croatia finished as runners-up.

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'I'm not just happy at Real Madrid, I'm very happy, ' he said.

"Our criticism concerns a deep bitterness for this decision, because the award refers to the Champions League and not to the World Cup and I believe that Cristiano Ronaldo has given the best emotions of the last edition and also fantastic goals".

The Costa Rican beat Alisson Becker, goalkeeper of Roma then and now of Liverpool, and Gianluigi Buffon, goalkeeper of Juventus last season and now Paris Saint-Germain.

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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.

The Portuguese, who has three wins in total, and is the only player to have made the shortlist every year since UEFA created the award in 2011.

There was also an award for David Beckham, the former Manchester United, Real Madrid and England star collecting the UEFA President's Award for his achievements in the game and his work since retiring as a player.

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