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Modric beats Ronaldo & Salah to 2018 Goal 50 award

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Luka Modric was crowned Goal’s Player of the Year ahead of fellow finalists Cristiano Ronaldo and Mohamed Salah

The 33-year-old playmaker produced the finest performances of his career to date last season for Real Madrid and Croatia.

In the last six months alone, Modric has been won the FIFA and UEFA Player of the Year prizes along with winning the Champions League and leading Croatia to their first ever World Cup final.

Now Modric ends Ronaldo and Lionel Messi’s eight-year hold of the Goal 50 trophy.

“I am very happy to receive this award,” Modric told Goal .

“I would like to thank everyone who voted for me. It is an honour to receive it, and to follow in the footsteps of these two great players.

“Winning after these two makes me very happy. It is an honour for me.”

Ronaldo finished in second place in the voting panel with Salah completing the top three.

Despite Real’s struggles this season, Modric has got his eyes firmly set on more glory.

Following Ronaldo and Zinedine Zidane’s exits, Los Blancos have struggled to fill the void left by the duo.

But, under interim Santiago Solari, Real have won their last four games in all competitions.

“What we want is to improve because we have not started the season well,” Modric confessed.

“However, what is important is how we are going to finish. We are going to work hard to improve.

“What we want is to achieve the challenges that this team always face.

“I hope to win some titles that we have ahead of us, and above all to improve our game.

“And with the new coach, I’m sure we’re going to improve and have a good season.”

As for a fourth straight Champions League title for Real, Modric added: “Nothing is impossible in football.”