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Modric crowned world’s best player as Ronaldo and Messi finish second and fifth consecutively

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16 – Sergio Aguero (7)

17 – Gareth Bale (6)

= – Karim Benzema (6)

19 – Roberto Firmino (4)

= – Ivan Rakitic (4)

= – Sergio Ramos (4)

22 – Edinson Cavani (3)

= – Sadio Mane (3)

= – Marcelo (3)

25 – Alisson Becker (2)

= – Mario Mandzukic (2)

= – Jan Oblak (2)

28 – Diego Godin (1)

29 – Isco (0)

= – Hugo Lloris (0)

He won the Golden Ball for his performances in Russia and then claimed the FIFA ‘Best’ prize in late summer but it is this trophy – the one created by France Football and first presented to Sir Stanley Matthews in 1956 – that truly put the seal on his superlative efforts.

To give an idea of how far clear Modric was following a vote by 180 journalists, he secured 753 points compared to Ronaldo (453) and Antoine Griezmann (414), who were second and third respectively. The 33-year-old, simply, has been a class apart.

‘I have such sensational emotions that I can’t really describe,’ said Modric, who credited the four years he played for Tottenham being crucial to his development. When I was a kid, the dream was to play for big clubs and win trophies.

‘The Ballon d’Or was more than a dream. I simply cannot believe it. For all my career, I have tried to work hard and have persistence. In the tough moments, you have to show your courage and I always said the best things do not come easy. To achieve all this, it has not been easy.

‘But sooner or later, you get an opportunity and when it comes, you have to be ready to take it. I am still trying to take it on board that I have won this and become part of a group that belongs to history. It is a unique feeling.’

-Dailymail





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