By 90Min
September 25, 2018

Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric has thanked everyone who voted for him to win the 2018 Best FIFA Men's Player award, admitting he has had a fantastic year.

Modric was revealed as the winner of the award last night, beating both Cristiano Ronaldo and Mohamed Salah in the process. He played a starring role for his club as Real Madrid won the Champions League once again, whilst he was also crucial in Croatia's run to the World Cup final.

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After the award ceremony, Modric was interviewed by Real Madrid's official media, and is quoted by Spanish outlet Marca as saying: "I feel very happy, I've worked hard to be where I am today, it was the best season of my career, it's an unforgettable year.

"All my dreams have come true, I'm working hard to get titles with Real Madrid, I always want to improve, although I'm 33. But it seems I'm getting better every year, it surprises me, better than I expected. I want to continue enjoying and win more, winning the fourth Champions League in a row would be the best."

Barcelona star Lionel Messi was revealed to have voted for Modric to win the award, and the Croatian was eager to thank Messi. He said: "I'm happy. What can I say about him? He's one of the best of all time and it's a shame he could not be here tonight. 

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"I thank you for these five points"

When asked whether he felt he deserved to win the award, Modric said: "As everyone voted for me as the best, yes, because I had an awesome year. I do not like to talk about myself, if I consider myself the best or not, but here my colleagues, players, journalists and fans who voted, yes they voted for me. I deserve to win it and that's it."

Finally, he was asked about his plans for the future, revealing: "I would like to finish my career at Real Madrid, but it is a very demanding club, you have to go from year to year and see how I'm performing."

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