Luka Modric named the best player in the world – Twitter reacts
Modric played an integral role in Real’s Champions League win and then led Croatia to the World Cup final.
Real Madrid and Croatia midfielder Luka Modric has won the FIFA men’s player of the year award, beating Mohamed Salah and Cristiano Ronaldo to the prize.
For the 33-year-old, the prize caps a remarkable 12 months which saw him play an integral role in Real’s third straight Champions League victory and then lead Croatia to their first ever World Cup final.
Here, we have a look at the social media reaction to Modric’s award success.
Congratulations to Luka and Marta on winning the #TheBest awards tonight. It's been a privilege to see you both play this season. // Parabéns, @lukamodric10 e Marta, por vencerem o prêmio de Melhores Jogadores da FIFA. Foi um privilégio ver vocês dois jogarem nesta temporada. https://t.co/xJNS5AMh9b— Pelé (@Pele) September 24, 2018
@lukamodric10 , čestitke na velikoj nagradi - zaslužio si to svojim znanjem, radom i ovogodišnjim uspjesima. Svaka čast!@lukamodric10 , congratulations for #TheBEST award - you earned it with your skill, effort and achievements this year. Proud of you! 🏆👏🏻🇭🇷 pic.twitter.com/BLnMwngORL— Mario Mandžukić MM17 (@MarioMandzukic9) September 24, 2018
#TheBEST FIFA Men’s Player 2018 - LUKA MODRIĆ! Ajmooooo! 🎉🥂👑🏆🥇🙌🏻👏🏻💪🏻⚽️💙 Place in the @FIFPro #World11! 🎉 Congrats @lukamodric10 #FIFAFootballAwards 🤗👍🏻 #Hrvatska #Croatia @FIFAWorldCup pic.twitter.com/UDbLGH44am— GNK Dinamo (@gnkdinamo) September 24, 2018
Modric was also named in the team of the year in a two-man midfield alongside N’Golo Kante with Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe and Eden Hazard in front of them and Ronaldo up front.
David de Gea was named in goal, while Dani Alves grabbed one full-back spot, with Real Madrid trio Rafael Varane, Sergio Ramos and Marcelo completing the defence as world player of the year nominee Mohamed Salah missed out.
Liverpool forward Salah’s strike in last season’s Merseyside derby against Everton at Anfield won the Puskas Award for the goal of the season.
#puskasaward has lost a lot of credibility for me tonight! Not even the best premier league goal of the season from Salah....— Ryan Mason (@RyanMason) September 24, 2018
How was this overlooked? Arguably one of the best ever CL goals pic.twitter.com/qUo9GRA9Uo