Luka Modric has reiterated that he remains unconcerned over whether or not he ends up winning the 2018 Ballon d’Or
The 33-year-old playmaker is the favourite to win the award after leading Croatia to the World Cup final, whilst helping Real Madrid claim a third straight Champions League title.
Modric has already collected the FIFA and UEFA Player of the Year awards.
But the Croatian insists the past year will always be great regardless of whether he wins the Ballon d’Or or not.
“We will see. I am honoured to be in this competition for this great award,” Modric told talkSPORT after Croatia’s 2-1 defeat to England on Sunday.
“If it happened, no one would be happier than me but if not, nothing will change. My year was great and that’s it.”
Just last week, Modric described 2018 as the best year of his career and said the Ballon d’Or outcome wouldn’t change that.
However, the Real star couldn’t prevent Croatia from avoiding relegation to League B in the UEFA Nations League at Wembley.
Despite Andrej Kramaric putting the visitors in front, Jesse Lingard soon equalised for England before Harry Kane poked in Ben Chilwell’s free-kick in the 85th-minute.
“It’s a little bit painful to lose in this way because we were ten minutes away from victory and two goals from set-pieces is painful,” Modric added.
“But that’s football and well done to England. I wish them all the best in the final tournament.
“I’m not surprised. It’s football. A lot of things can happen in one game. I think they did well.”