Zlatan Ibrahimovic revealed he was delighted that Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric broke the duopoly held by Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
The former Swedish international equally he was slightly surprised the Croatian received multiple individual honours in 2018.
Modric was pivotal in Los Blancos third consecutive Champions League and also inspired Croatia’s run to the World Cup final.
Those displays earned the former Spur’s man the Golden Ball at Russia 2018 and then the coveted Ballon d’Or that has been dominated by Messi and Ronaldo in the last decade.
And former United striker Ibrahimovic, who came fourth in the 2013 Ballon d’Or back then with PSG was happy to see a different name in a different position win the award.
“I think [Modric] is one of the most complete midfielders in the world,” Ibrahimovic revealed in a quote cited on FourFourTwo.
“He has fantastic pace, he has a vision for the game that is amazing. The ball handling is amazing.
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“I played against him at an early age, when he was a young player. Now he is an experienced player and I’m happy that he won the Ballon d’Or, the FIFA best player at the World Cup, all these things, because it’s not often that a player like that gets that credit.
“Normally it’s a striker or somebody that has been ‘wow’. But this year, let’s say last year, was his year. I’m happy that he won.
“Me and my mother being from Croatia, he’s Croatian, so I’m happy. It’s part of the blood.”