Amongst all the fanfare and buzz on social media, Luka Modric was awarded the FIFA Best Men's player. The Real Madrid playmaker beat the likes of new Juventus boy Cristiano Ronaldo and Liverpool star Mohammed Salah to win the accolade.
After the Croatian bagged his second individual award of the season, there was one person who was much happier than Luka Modric himself. Coming as no surprise, it was Real Madrid teammate, Sergio Ramos. The Los Blancos skipper showered praise on the midfielder, insisting that the Croatian was a deserving recipient of the award.
Luka Modric has enjoyed a stellar season for both club and country. He was instrumental towards securing Real Madrid their third consecutive Champions League title. The midfielder produced endless brilliant displays and was one of the best players in the tournament, including in the final against Liverpool.
Following Modric's recent triumph, Ramos spoke of his delight on his Real Madrid team-mate winning yet another accolade. He said: "I am as happy as if I had won it," the defender said. "He deserves it, he is an excellent player and has marked an important era in the history of Real Madrid."
As captain of the Spanish national, Ramos exercised his right to vote. The Real Madrid defensive stalwart revealed that Luka Modric was his top pick followed by Cristiano Ronaldo and Barcelona talisman Lionel Messi.
Interestingly, it was the first time since Brazilian midfield legend Kaka’s triumph in 2007, that had seen a player other than Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi win the award. However, the two arch-rivals who missed the star-studded ceremony in London were included in the FIFA FIFPro World XI.
Though, Ronaldo and Messi skipping the awards ceremony has drawn harsh criticism from many. And when Sergio Ramos was asked to weigh in on the issue, the defender joined the chorus of who thought the two superstars should have been in attendance.
"It would have been good for Cris and Leo to be here," he said.
Mohammed Salah, who finished third behind Ronaldo and Messi for the Best Men's player was awarded a consolation. The Egyptian picked up the FIFA Puskas award for the goal he scored against Everton.
The other individual award winners include Brazil and Orlando Pride forward Marta, who was named for The Best Women's player of the Year for a record sixth time. While Didier Deschamps and Reynald Pedro were awarded the Men's and Women's best coach respectively.