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Luka Modric Wins UEFA Men's Player of the Year over Cristiano Ronaldo, Mo Salah

Gianni Verschueren@ReverschPassFeatured ColumnistAugust 30, 2018

Real Madrid's midfielder Luka Modric arrives to attend the draw for UEFA Champions League football tournament at The Grimaldi Forum in Monaco on August 30, 2018. (Photo by Valery HACHE / AFP)        (Photo credit should read VALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images)
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Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric took home the UEFA Men's Player of the Year award on Thursday, as the Croatia international was rewarded for his role in Los Blancos' run to a third straight Champions League title.ย 

The former Tottenham Hotspur man beat Mohamed Salah and Cristiano Ronaldo to the award:

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"Being happy and enjoying playing football" ๐Ÿ˜ƒโšฝ๏ธ The simple recipe for success of @lukamodric10, UEFA 2017/18 Menโ€™s Player of the Year๐Ÿฅ‡ Congrats, Luka! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘ #EqualGame #Respect ๐Ÿ“ฒ https://t.co/ABDcLO70Ly https://t.co/lUtiFqCuYS

Modric was the clear favourite to win the award after a wonderful season at club level and with the national team. With Croatia, he made it to the 2018 FIFA World Cup final.ย 

Per Football on BT Sport, he and Real Madrid cleaned up the awards on Thursday:

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Goalkeeper of the Season: Keylor Navas ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ท Defender of the Season: Sergio Ramos ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ Midfielder of the Season: Luka Modric ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท Forward of the Season: Cristiano Ronaldo ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น A clean sweep in the awards for Real Madrid โšช๏ธ https://t.co/5OF3BHh2sI

Ronaldo left Los Blancos for Juventus in the summer. The Portuguese had won the award in three of the past four seasons.

It's Modric's first time winning the award, as the 32-year-old was overshadowed by some of his team-mates in recent years. Ronaldo in particular often swept up the awards thanks to his many goals.

There's little doubt Modric deserved the honour, however, as he's carved out quite the career in La Liga after a poor start:

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Luka Modriฤ‡ since being named the "worst signing of the year" in Spain: ๐Ÿ† La Liga ๐Ÿ† Copa del Rey ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ† Super Cup ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ† Club World Cup ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ† Champions League ๐Ÿฅˆ World Cup runner-up ๐Ÿฅ‡ UEFA Men's Player of the Year

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Modric, Salah and Ronaldo are also among the 10 nominees for the FIFA Men's Player award. The three finalists for that award will be revealed on September 3, and the trophy ceremony is on September 24.

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