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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.Β 

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

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"Being happy and enjoying playing football" πŸ˜ƒβš½οΈ The simple recipe for success of @lukamodric10, UEFA 2017/18 Men’s Player of the YearπŸ₯‡ Congrats, Luka! πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘ #EqualGame #Respect πŸ“² 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.Β 

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 πŸ‡¨πŸ‡· Defender of the Season: Sergio Ramos πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡Έ Midfielder of the Season: Luka Modric πŸ‡­πŸ‡· Forward of the Season: Cristiano Ronaldo πŸ‡΅πŸ‡Ή A clean sweep in the awards for Real Madrid βšͺ️ 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 ModriΔ‡ since being named the "worst signing of the year" in Spain: πŸ† La Liga πŸ† Copa del Rey πŸ†πŸ†πŸ† Super Cup πŸ†πŸ†πŸ† Club World Cup πŸ†πŸ†πŸ†πŸ† Champions League πŸ₯ˆ World Cup runner-up πŸ₯‡ UEFA Men's Player of the Year

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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