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Modric Beats Ronaldo & Salah To UEFA Player of the Year Award, Messi Only 5th

Luka Modric Beats Cristiano Ronaldo & Mohamed Salah To UEFA Player of the Year Award, Lionel Messi Only 5th

By David Kappel - Aug 30, 2018 07:26 PM @kappilinho

Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric has beaten Cristiano Ronaldo and Mohamed Salah to the UEFA Player of the Year award, while Lionel Messi only finished in fifth place.

Click through the gallery above to see the 10 previous UEFA Men's Player of the Year winners.

Modric won the individual accolade for his exploits with Real Madrid last season, that saw him lift the UEFA Super Cup, the Supercopa de Espana, the FIFA Club World Cup and the UEFA Champions League.

The award recognises the best players, irrespective of nationality, playing for a club within the territory of a UEFA member association during the past season. Players are judged on their performances in all competitions – domestic, continental and international, according to UEFA.

Modric's closest rivals were African Footballer of the Year Mohamed Salah and his former Real teammate Cristiano Ronaldo.

Salah can look back on a record-breaking debut season with Liverpool, during which he scored 44 times and set up another 16 goals for his teammate, while Ronaldo also netted 44 goals and assisted another eight strikes for Los Blancos.

Modric, meanwhile, was seen as the brain behind Real's four trophies and was named the Player of the Tournament at the Club World Cup as well as the 2018 FIFA World Cup, where his team Croatia finished as runners-up.

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Modric follows Ronaldo, who won the last two editions of the award, while Messi finished behind Antoine Griezmann in fifth place.

Do you think Ronaldo deserves his UEFA Men's Player of the Year award? Have your say in the comments section below.


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Don4khosi Joined: 18 Feb 2011
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Don4khosi Sep 05, 2018 09:48 AM
Well deserved.
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LL`COOL`G Sep 04, 2018 10:36 AM
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leendomint Sep 04, 2018 07:53 AM
@nazzi the second Nope i beg to differ, those were UEFA Champs league bru, not FIFA awards...If that the case even the best forward was suppose to be given to someone who performed in the world cup/in all the competitions you talking about.
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MfanoYellow Sep 01, 2018 01:27 PM
Deserves it
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Kgosi1979 Sep 01, 2018 10:30 AM
He did not deserve this award
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clemz7 Aug 31, 2018 11:05 PM
No sitsotsi Modric deserve the award
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Sucker Punch The Legend Aug 31, 2018 07:52 PM
He also deserves the ballon D'or award
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Mabreeza Aug 31, 2018 06:20 PM
Congrats modric u deserve it... U show it in world cup dat u r gud player
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Thobz10 Aug 31, 2018 01:27 PM
@Boris Becker those aren't Madrid supporters Pal...those are groupies of the "King"
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MR E Aug 31, 2018 01:27 PM
He deserve it, well done Modric, actually all top 5 players they did deserve it!
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Boris Becker Aug 31, 2018 11:56 AM
Well done boy, your own Madrid supporters are not happy as they only support Madrid because of Cry7.
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His Excellency_zmvuyo Aug 31, 2018 09:30 AM
Well deserved!! humble servant of the game. All hail Luka Modric!!!
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nazzi the second Aug 31, 2018 09:15 AM
@leendomint it's not only about the UEFA champs league bro, it's al competions in Europe so you can't expect modric to have similar assists to a forward
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leendomint Aug 31, 2018 07:53 AM
Am happy for Modric but the King deserved the award 15 goals and 3 assists, that what won Madrid the UEFA cup, compared to Modric 1 goal and 1 assist.
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Warras4phefeni Aug 31, 2018 07:48 AM
I'm happy for you Modric you deserve the accolade ntwana.
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Pirates_999 Aug 31, 2018 07:41 AM
He deserve it more than any player, before he help Groatia in the WC he also helped Madrid to win big
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Vamza Aug 31, 2018 07:10 AM
Messie n ronaldo are expiring now
leendomint Joined: 11 Oct 2016
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leendomint Aug 31, 2018 07:08 AM
I still don't understand because this awards are about the UEFA Champions league not the world cup... suddenly they say he took his team to the world cup final hahaha!!
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leendomint Aug 31, 2018 07:04 AM
CR7 deserved it

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