Luka Modric, the small midfield midfielder who won the Champions League title with Real Madrid and then led Croatia into an unlikely run for the World Cup final, appeared on Monday with the balloon d 'Or as World Player of the World One year after the results became known online.
Modric's victory would end a ten-year run in which Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi negotiated the prize against what is considered one of the highest honors in world football. After the leaked results Ronaldo was second this year and his sixth record record (with five wins). Atlético Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann finished third, just ahead of French team-mate Kylian Mbappé.
Modric's victory had been widely anticipated, but the announcement lost its latest play drama when a social media user published an alleged list of poll results. a pre-printed page from the upcoming issue of France Football – hours before the announcement.
When the official countdown to the award began on Twitter and was perfectly tracked with the leaked numbers of votes, fans and journalists Englisch: emagazine.credit-suisse.com/app/art…2934 & lang = en He began discussing, or alternatively praising and criticizing, that Modric's victory began even before the ceremony in Paris.
Modric, 33, is the first Croat who won the title Balloon d & # 39; Or; His compatriot Davor Suker is the only Croatian player to finish in the top three in 1998.
Powerclubs dominate again: Each member of the last 30-minute player list is used by a team of the top English league, Spain, Italy or France. For example, Real Madrid have eight players in their last 30, while Liverpool have four and Barcelona, Paris St. Germain and Atlético Madrid three each.
Modric is the seventh Real Madrid player to win the trophy and draw with Barcelona players. (If you count several winners, each club has now won eleven times, another record.) This may be a bit of comfort in Madrid after a summer in which the club has sold Ronaldo to the Italian Juventus.
Modric's victory was remarkable in 2018 – he won his fourth Champions League crown with Real Madrid and led Croatia to the first World Cup final – but it came as no surprise: he was already in the fall of this year was honored by UEFA, the continent of UEFA, as European Player of the Year and in September defeated Ronaldo and Liverpool's Mohamed Salah in the FIFA World Player of the Year poll, ending a similar dominance of Ronaldo-Messi.