Luka Modric Expresses Desire to Retire at Real Madrid

Luka Modric Expresses Desire to Retire at Real Madrid

Modric, who is the first Croatian to win the Ballon d'Or, beat off competition from former Real Madrid team-mate Ronaldo, who was second, and France's World Cup victor Antoine Griezmann in third place.

French World Cup star and Paris Saint-Germain teenage striker Kylian Mbappe came fourth, leaving Messi in fifth position.

Ronaldo failed to add to his five Ballon d'Ors on Monday evening as former Juventus teammate Luka Modric ended his recent run of victories, prompting a furious backlash from Elma Aveiro. The Croatian capped a successful year with the award after he won the Champions League and was a finalist in the 2018 World Cup.

Modric started his career at Dinamo Zagreb at age 16, then he joined the Premier League's Tottenham Hotspur in 2008 and transferred to Real Madrid in 2012. "I am still trying to realize that I have become part of a group of exceptional players to win the Ballon d'Or throughout history". "It didn't happen, this is a great feeling to win at least this, and very happy for it". "It's something unique for me", Modric said. I used to play more offensively.

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Each year, France Football magazine awards its Ballon d'Or trophy to the world's best football player.

He is the first Croatian to win the Ballon d'Or and also picked up FIFA's "The Best" award in October.

Real Madrid and Croatia midfielder Luka Modric won the 2018 Ballon d'Or, becoming the first player other than Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo to claim the award in more than a decade.

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