Luka Modric dedicated part of his Ballon d’Or honour to Barcelona legend Xavi Hernandez whom he said had deserved it in the past.
Xavi has responded, showing how grateful he is for Modric’s dedication. Argentina international Lionel Messi and Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo dominated the award for about 5 years back to back, but Modric has shattered that record by winning the award this year.
“Maybe there were other players who could have won it in recent years and didn’t like Xavi, [Andres] Iniesta or [Wesley] Sneijder but it wasn’t to be for them,” Modric said.
“Now people wanted something different and it is a victory for football so I’m very happy but this award is also for those players who probably deserved to win but didn’t.”
“It was very nice for me to hear that and the truth is that it is much appreciated,” Xavi told reporters in Qatar at the presentation of the Losail Stadium as quoted in Marca.
“I’m happy that the award went to him, although I thought Messi would win it.
“I would give it Messi every year obviously but it can’t be that way. I miss playing with him and everyone else at Barcelona.”