Luka Modric, 33, is the first Croatian footballer to win Ballon d’Or award this year (2017-2018).  Heartiest congratulations to Luka for this sensational achievement.  He has overshadowed the decade long dominance of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. 

Luka Modric is also the winner of Fifa’s ‘The Best’ Award in October 2018.

Let us read what Modric said on Monday the 3rd December, 2018 after winning the award…

“May be in the past there are some players who could have won the Ballon d’Or like Xavi, Andres Iniesta or (Wesley) Sneijder but people finally now are looking at someone else.  This award is for all the players who probably deserve to win it and didn’t.  It was a really special year for me”. …MODRIC.




  • Let us know something about Ballon d’Or.

The Ballon d’Or “Golden Ball” is an annual football award presented by France Football since 1956.  This was conceived by sports writer Gabriel Hanot.  The Ballon d’Or award honours the male player deemed to have performed the best over the previous year, based on voting by football journalist. …Source Wikipedia.

  • Let us find out who were the other players in the race for the award.

Name of the Player              Name of the Club       Nationality

Luka Modric                           Real Madrid                  Croatia

Cristiano Ronaldo                  Juventus                        Portugal

Antoine Griezmann               Atletico                          France

Kylian Mbappe                       PSG                                France

Lionel Messi                           Balcelona                      Argentina

Mohammad Salah                 Liverpool                       Egypt

Raphael Varane                     Real Madrid                  France

Elden Hazard                         Chelsea                         Belgium

Kevin de Bruyne                     Manchester City           Belgium

Harry Kane                             Tottenham                    England

  • Let us know what Luka Modric said about Linonel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo and about his performance on the day of getting the award….

Modric said – Ronaldo and Messi as ‘phenomenal’ players. 

About him he said, “To win means I did something really special on the pitch this year, that’s why 2017-18 was the year for me.”…MODRIC.


Luka Modric has helped his national team to reach the final of Fifa World Cup 2018 at Russia.  He helped his team to be Runners Up.  Ultimately France became the winner.   Luka’s contribution is praiseworthy and now he has proved himself to be among the best players of the world.  Certainly the world will enjoy his game for years to come…

……Ratikanta Singh.