Luka Modric receives his award

By Kazeem Ugbodaga

Real Madrid’s Luka Modric has dethroned Cristiano Ronaldo to win the 2018 Uefa’s men’s player of the year award.

Modric beat Juventus’ Ronaldo and Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah in Monaco at the Champions league draw to win the award for the first time.

It was the first time since 2013 (Franck Ribery) that someone other than Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi has won that award.

Speaking on the award, Modric said he was very excited and proud to have won the award.

“It’s an incredible moment for me – I’m excited and proud. Thanks to everyone who voted for me, my club, my team-mates, my coaches who support me in my good moments and less good moments. This award belongs to them too.

“My father is the person who took me to my first training session and pushed me to fight for my dreams and never give up. I owe him a lot for everything,” he said.