Ballon d'Or: Modric reveals how Wenger helped him win award

Cristiano Ronaldo

"It's Modric's year. The focus has to be on him".

Modric has enjoyed a memorable year, with a Champions League triumph at club level complemented by a run through to the World Cup final with his country. Messi who finished fifth received just 280 votes losing to Modric by huge margins.

Real Madrid's Croatia midfielder, Luka Modric, took the prize Monday in Paris after winning the UEFA Champions League and being named the tournament's player at the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation.

"I will not get into discussing the inconsistencies of the prize", he added.

The Barca No 10 also won a record fifth European Golden Shoe after finishing with 34 top-flight goals last season.

Ronaldo had already seen his FIFA Best Award passed to the Croatia global earlier this season, with the Ballon d'Or having now headed the same way.

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Or watch the original here on YouTube.

While clearly an extremely biased video - the YouTuber responsible for the video is named "MessiTheBoss" - it shows that the Argentina worldwide has made light work of ghosting past the Croatian whenever they've met.

"We congratulate Modric on his win".

Wenger had the chance to sign Modric but the Frenchman rejected the player.

Juventus have had six players win the Ballon d'Or, Pavel Nedved the most recent in 2003.

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