It is a unique feeling, hard to describe in words: Modric after winning Ballon d’Or

first_imgLuka Modric is the man responsible for ending the Cristiano Ronaldo-Lionel Messi duopoly over the Ballon d’Or. 11 years since Kaka won the Ballon d’Or in 2007, Ronaldo and Messi had shared five awards each at the events but on Monday night, their stranglehold finally broke loose.Modric who had won FIFA The Best award earlier this year, bagged the Ballon d’Or for his role in guiding Real Madrid to a record third straight Champions League title and then captaining Croatia to their first-ever World Cup final.While Modric scooped the top prize, Ronaldo continued to stay relevant as he came second in the list while France’s Antoine Griezmann finished third.For the first time in a decade, Messi did not even feature in the top three for the award.However, it was a night to cherish for Modric and he struggled to express it in words.”It’s a unique feeling. I’m happy proud and honoured, I have a lot of emotions right now, it’s hard to describe in words,” Modric said, wearing a tuxedo as he collected the award from presenter and former France forward David Ginola after a glamorous ceremony at the Grand Palais in Paris.”It’s a big pleasure to be here among all these players. I am still trying to realise that I have become part of a group of exceptional players to win the Ballon d’Or throughout history.”The playmaker has been a delight to watch for the past few seasons but this year, he played a pivotal part in the success of both his club and country and that paved way for his breakthrough year.advertisementModric sits deep in the midfield, scans the field in like seconds and is able to make passes that cuts across defences but it was not always like this for the diminutive Croatian.Modric was earlier an attacking midfielder and it was Harry Redknapp back at Tottenham Hotspur who changed his position to a more deeper role, where he began flourishing.Modric moved to Real Madrid in 2012 but had a disastrous first season when he was made to play a more attacking role. It was only when Jose Mourinho deployed him back into the deep midfield that he began flourishing again.”The change of position helped me a lot in my career. I used to play more offensively. When I dropped back, I was able to read the game better and show my creativity,” Modric further said.Modric is the first Croatian to win the Ballon d’Or, an award which is voted for by journalists and organised by French magazine France Football.(With Reuters inputs)Also Read | Euro 2020 qualifying: Germany to face Netherlands, Portugal handed tricky drawAlso Read | Tottenham fan throws banana peel on Arsenal’s Aubameyang, gets arrestedlast_img

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