Luka Modric is Europe’s Footballer of the Year
Luka Modric (Real Madrid) won the 2018 European Footballer of the Year award with 313 votes ahead of former team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus Turin, 223 votes) and Mohamed Salah (FC Liverpool, 134 votes).
Six years and three days ago Luka Modric moved from Tottenham to Real Madrid. On Monday, on their social channels, the Royal League proudly showed what Modric and Real have won since then: four times the Champions League, three times the Club World Cup, three times the UEFA Supercup, once the Championship, once the Spanish Cup and twice the Spanish Supercup.
The Croatian midfielder, who has also been vice world champion since the summer, is an absolute stroke of luck for Real and the national team. In the 2017/18 season, Modric played for the Madrilenians 43 times (two goals, eight assists) and played a major part in the third consecutive Champions League title. As captain, Modric also led the Croatians into the World Cup final, but lost to France (2-4).
Even if it wasn’t enough for the World Championship title, the now 32-year-old collected the next title in Monaco on Thursday evening: Modric is Europe’s 2018 Footballer of the Year, “It was the best of my career – personally and collectively”.
In the selection of coaches and journalists, he finished in first place ahead of former team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo, who was not on site. Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah, who set a new Premier League goal record last year, completes the podium.
The vote was cast by 80 coaches of the teams that took part in the group phase of the Champions League and the Europa League last season and 55 voting journalists selected by ESM (European Sports Media) under the kicker’s leadership. On behalf of ESM, the kicker took over the entire organisation of the journalist selection for UEFA. Coaches and journalists had to allocate five, three and one point each to their three top candidates in a single round of voting. There was no candidate list. The coaches were not allowed to vote for players from their own team.
Most recently, Cristiano Ronaldo won the election twice. With a total of four awards, the Portuguese is the record winner. Lionel Messi won three times.