Luka Modric was announced the Men's Player of the Year at the UEFA awards ceremony held in Monaco. The Real Madrid play-maker beat the likes of new Juventus boy Cristiano Ronaldo and Liverpool star Mohammed Salah to win the accolade.
The Croatian has enjoyed a stellar season for both club and country. Present at the heart of the Real Madrid midfield, Modric was instrumental towards 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. The 32-year-old carried his form into the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, where he was awarded the Golden Ball for his performances after leading his country to its first ever finals, but eventually finished runners-up after been beaten 4-2 by winners France.
There was further reason for Luka Modric to smile on the night, as he was also awarded the UEFA midfielder of the year. The 13-time European champion, Real Madrid swept the other two individual prizes with Keylor Navas picking up the goalkeeper of the year, while captain Sergio Ramos named defender of the year.
Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo was named the forward of the year for his record-breaking campaign with Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League, scoring 15 goals in 13 appearances, and in the process also becoming the competition's all-time top scorer. Earlier, the five-time Ballon d'Or winner was awarded the 'UEFA Goal of the Season' award for his sensational overhead kick he scored while playing for his former club Real Madrid against his present club Juventus in the first leg of the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League 2017/18.
UEFA also honored former England captain David Beckham for his achievements in the game and his tireless humanitarian efforts since retiring as a player, by awarding him with the President’s Award for 2018.
Wolfsburg's Pernille Harder was named the Women's player of the year award at the star-studded event held in the Grimaldi Forum, Monaco. While San Jose Earthquakes defender Guram Kashia won the inaugural #EqualGame award for his work promoting equality.