Tuesday 25 September, 2018

Luka Modric wins UEFA vote as best player in Europe

Real Madrid's Luka Modric, right, fights for the ball with Getafe's Nemanja Maksimovic during a Spanish La Liga football match at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Sunday, Aug. 19, 2018.

Real Madrid's Luka Modric, right, fights for the ball with Getafe's Nemanja Maksimovic during a Spanish La Liga football match at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Sunday, Aug. 19, 2018.

Croatia captain Luka Modric has been voted the best player in Europe last season, edging former Real Madrid teammate Cristiano Ronaldo and Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah for the UEFA award.

Modric helped Madrid win a third straight Champions League title, and fourth in five seasons, before leading his country to the World Cup final. Croatia lost 4-2 against France.

Voting was by Champions League coaches and invited journalists across Europe.

Madrid swept the overall election for best player in last season's Champions League after goalkeeper Keylor Navas, defender Sergio Ramos, midfielder Modric and forward Ronaldo won the individual positional prizes. Ronaldo has since joined Juventus.

The best women's player award was won by Pernille Harder of Denmark and Wolfsburg.