Paris, The winner of the Ballon d’Or 2018 is Real
Madrid and Croatia midfielder Luka Modric, adding to his awards as
FIFA’s The Best and the World Cup’s Golden Ball.
The 33-year-old has entered the history books, ending 10 years of
duopoly dominance by Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
In Paris, Modric collected the trophy alongside his former team-
mate Ronaldo, in second place, and Atletico Madrid’s Antoine
Griezmann, who came third.
Modric was accompanied by his wife and three children, as well
as Florentino Perez in the front row, and could not hide his happiness.
Few people in football have a bad word to say about Modric and
he has won all three major individual awards in 2018, proving that he is
deserving of the trophy.
FIFA’s jury voted for him at the World Cup as he won the Golden
Ball, then captains, coaches, journalists and players voted for him at
The Best, then more journalists gave him their vote for France Football.
Traditionally, the World Cup has been decisive in the awarding of
the trophy and this year the winners were the same country as the host
of the awards, leading many to expect that it may be a Frenchman to
win the award.
However, Modric won the race easily despite not being a
goalscorer and doing his work to create opportunities for others in his
team, being a regular man who is not covered in tattoos and spends
his free time filming for adverts.
The journey has been a metaphor for his life, overcoming
numerous obstacles, from running away from Serbian soldiers as a
child to a loan to Bosnia to establish himself as a footballer.
Daniel Levy then made it difficult for him to leave Tottenham for
Real Madrid and he struggled at first, but is now a fan favourite.
Having won three Champions League titles in as many years,
and four in total, he has been crucial in many of those victories in
Lisbon, Milan, Cardiff and Kiev.
In addition, he was a key element as Croatia finished runners-
up in this summer’s World Cup, the Spanish MARCA newspaper
Source: Oman News Agency