Luka Modric admits he wants the 2018 Ballon d’Or, but added it wouldn’t change his brilliant year whether he wins it or not
Football’s most highly coveted individual award has been contested by only Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi for the past decade.
The iconic duo have won the Ballon d’Or a record five times each over the last 10 years.
But Modric’s brilliant displays for Croatia on route to the 2018 World Cup final along with helping Real Madrid wrap up a third consecutive Champions League title have made him the favourite.
The 33-year-old playmaker won the 2018 Goal 50 award this week and has already beaten Ronaldo and Messi to the FIFA and UEFA Player of the Year prizes.
Although Modric insists that it’s been the best year of his career and nothing can take that away from him.
“Let’s see what happens,” said Modric, according to Goal.
“I’m very proud to fight for it. If I win perfect, otherwise it will not change anything.
“With or without the Ballon d’Or, it’s the best year of my career.”
The last player to win the Ballon d’Or, other than Ronaldo or Messi, was Kaka in 2007.
Modric provided Tin Jedvaj with an assist on Thursday night for Croatia’s spectacular 3-2 UEFA Nations League win over Spain.