UEFA Awards: Modric Wins Player of the Year

UEFA Champions League awards ceremony – The full list of winners of football’s most coveted awards is finally here. A star studded and glamorous awards ceremony last night saw the who’s who of football assemble under one roof to attend the UEFA Champions League awards ceremony and the UEFA Champions League draw. And the 2017-18 winners were all from Real Madrid; a side that created history this May be becoming the only side to win three consecutive champion league trophies.

 

UEFA Champions League awards ceremony

 

The best goal-keeper of the year award went to Real Madrid Number 1 Keylor Navas for his outstanding saves in the last year that had helped his side seal another champions league trophy. He was joined by team-mate Sergio Ramos who was awarded the defender of the year.

 

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In the attacking department, ex-Real Madrid and current Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo took home the forward of the year award for his exploits throughout the last season which had seen him dominate the Champions League once, shattering records at will in his favourite competition. Such has been Ronaldo’s rule over the tournament, that people have called for it to be renamed the Ronaldo League. After all the world’s best player has ruled the roost over the rest of his competition the last couple of years, being not only the highest scorer in them but an instrumental cog in Real Madrid’s winning squads.

 

UEFA Champions League

 

However it was Croatian Luke Modric who stole the limelight on the day. Not only was the dynamic and versatile midfielder named UEFA’s midfielder of the year but he also took home the sought after best player award. Picked from an elite final list that included him, Ronaldo and Salah, Modric’s performances over the last year for club and country in international, domestic and continental cups have been head and shoulders above any players’.

 

His involvement in the middle of the park ensured that Real Madrid won the Champions League, defeating Liverpool in the final. That wasn’t the end of his season though. A delightful, eye-catching world cup by the Croatian skipper saw him pull the strings of his side in their road to the final. His understated class was at show once again in the 2017-18 season, with the diminutive midfielder bossing any tournament he took part in. With 313 points, Modric swept away the best player award, a huge mile infront of his nearest competition Ronaldo who garnered in 223 points.

 

“Always available to receive the ball, he is incredibly important to how the champions want to play,” said the UEFA Technical Observers when selecting Modrić in the 2017/18 UEFA Champions League Squad of the Season.

 

Modric’s Season in numbers

 

Honours: UEFA Champions League, UEFA Super Cup, Spanish Super Cup, FIFA Club World Cup, FIFA World Cup runner-up

Modrić also claimed the FIFA World Cup Golden Ball for his performances for Croatia in Russia this summer.

 

UEFA Champions League


Appearances: 11
Goals: 1
Assists: 1

 

Domestic League


Appearances: 26
Goals: 1

 

International


Appearances: 16
Goals: 3

 

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