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Luka Modric Wins Ballon d’Or 2018 Ahead Of Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi Finishes Fifth

Croatia star Luka Modric has won the 2018 Ballon d’Or ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo and Antoine Griezman, with Lionel Messi coming fifth.

Ten years after Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo began their Ballon d’Or-winning streak, winning five each, Luka Modric finally broke the decade-long domination. It is the first time in 10 years neither Ronaldo nor Messi were recognised as the world’s best player for France Football’s acclaimed award.

Ronaldo, who had scooped the award in the last two years, came second. Modric and Ronaldo were followed by France’s World Cup-winning stars –  Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe. Mbappe also won the inaugural Kopa Trophy for youngsters.

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Luka Modrid pipped Ronaldo to Ballon d’Or (Credits: Getty)

“It’s an unbelievable feeling. 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,” said Modric after winning the prestigious award.

Modric had a sensational 2018 where he led Real Madrid to their third consecutive Champions League trophy under Zinedine Zidane. Things then became even better when he captained Croatia to their first-ever World Cup final in Russia. Modric was later named the Player of the Tournament.

From the Premier League, there were four players in the top ten. Liverpool star Mohamed Salah was the highest-ranked Premier League player at sixth.  Chelsea ace Eden Hazard was in eighth behind Real’s Raphael Varane, with Man City’s Kevin De Bruyne ninth and Spurs striker Harry Kane tenth.

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Mohamed Salah was the highest-ranked Premier League player at sixth in the Ballon d’Or list (Credits: Reuters)

Meanwhile, Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar, the world’s most expensive player, dropped to 12th having been voted third best in last year’s poll.


Real Madrid dominate FIFA's 2018 World XI

Real Madrid dominate FIFA’s 2018 World XI

London, Sep 25: The 2018 FIFPRO World XI announced here includes four current Real Madrid players and erstwhile teammate Cristiano Ronaldo.

The team was presented at The Best FIFA Football Awards gala here on Monday, reports Efe.

Ronaldo — now with Juventus — is joined on the list by Real Madrid defenders Raphael Varane and Sergio Ramos and midfielders Marcelo and Luka Modric.

Only two other clubs had more than one player qualify for the World XI: Chelsea, with Eden Hazard and N’Golo Kante; and Paris Saint-Germain, with Dani Alves and Kylian Mbappe.

Blanco’s archrival FC Barcelona are represented by Lionel Messi, while the goalkeeper spot goes to Manchester United’s David de Gea.

Nobody was surprised to see so many Real Madrid players selected after the side won the Champions League for the third straight year, but some of the omissions were striking.

The World XI excludes Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah, a finalist along with Madrid and Ronaldo for a male player of the year, and Thibault Courtois, even though the Belgian international was named goalkeeper of the year.

Salah strike in Merseyside derby proclaimed goal of the year
Mohamed Salah (Credits: Twitter)

Salah strike in Merseyside derby proclaimed goal of the year

London, Sep 25: Though he lost out to Luka Modric for the best male player of the year, Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah did not walk away empty-handed from The Best FIFA Football Awards 2018 gala here, picking up the Puskas trophy for best goal.

The Egypt international won for his effort in a December 2017 Premier League match against Everton, reports Efe.

Playing in his first Merseyside derby, Salah put the Reds up 1-0 with a magnificent goal near the end of the first half.

Salah’s stunner prevailed over a pair of spectacular bicycle-kick goals for Real Madrid by Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale.

Ronaldo worked his magic against Juventus, the club he went on to join over the summer, while Bale’s goal came in the Champions League final against Liverpool.

Luka Modric named best male player at FIFA awards

Luka Modric named best male player at FIFA awards

London, Sep 25: Croatian footballer Luka Modric was named the world’s best male player at the Best Fifa Football Awards here.

The Real Madrid midfielder, 33, beat former team-mate, Cristiano Ronaldo, now with Juventus, and Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah to the award, BBC reported on Monday.

Modric won his third Champions League title in a row in May and guided Croatia to their first World Cup final in July.

Brazil and Orlando Pride forward Marta won the best female player award.

France’s Didier Deschamps — whose side beat Modric’s Croatia 4-2 in the World Cup final — was named best men’s coach.

Salah received the Puskas award for the best goal, for his effort against Everton in the Premier League at Anfield last December.

Peru’s supporters won the Fifa Fan Award after many thousands of them flew to Russia in support of their nation — playing at the finals for the first time since 1982. This accolade was voted for solely by supporters.


Luka Modric Given 8-Month Prison Sentence Over Alleged Tax Fraud

Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric has been imposed with eight-month prison sentence over alleged tax fraud. He has been pleaded  guilty to the accusation of defrauding the treasury of over €870,000 (£784,000/$1m).

Modric is the latest to get involved in tax fraud issue.

According to El Mundo,  Modric first defrauded €290,000 before then using Ivano SARL to take a further €579,000. Ivano SARL is a company based in Luxembourg.

At the start of the case, Modric paid €1 million. And it has been agreed now that he must now pay 40 per cent of the fee that was defrauded, which totals just over €348,000.

The list of players getting involved in the similar kind of tax issue is increasing day by day. Few weeks ago, Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has been given a one-year prison sentence, as well as a €2m fine.

Mourinho spent three years in Spain when he managed Real Madrid. He was accused of using offshore company accounts in Ireland, the British Virgin Islands and New Zealand to conceal income from image rights in 2011. News media El Mundo claimed Mourinho reached a deal with tax authorities, with two six-month suspended prison sentences.

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Meanwhile, Barcelona star player Lionel Messi was sentence to 21-months jail last year for failing to pay  €4.1 million in taxes on image rights in 2007, 2008 and 2009. He was also given €2m fine. Messi’s father Jorge Messi was handed the same prison sentence and a smaller fine of close to €1.7m.

Former Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo was also  given a suspended sentence and a huge €19m fine. H was  pleaded guilty to four charges of evasion between 2011 and 2014 worth a total of €14.7m.

According to EFE, that amount was reduced in his guilty plea to €5.7m. However, taking into account fines, interests and other cost the sum increases to €19m.

Egypt coach says Salah at same level as Ronaldo, Modric

Egypt coach says Salah at same level as Ronaldo, Modric

Cairo, Sep 17: Egypt coach Javier Aguirre said on Monday that Egypt star Mohamed Salah is at the same level as Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo and Croatia midfielder Luka Modric, his fellow nominees for the FIFA’s The Best 2018 men’s player award.

The Mexican coach, who took the helm at the Egyptian national team following the 2018 FIFA World Cup, spoke in an interview with EFE in Cairo during the run-up to the award ceremony, to be held September 24 in London.

“I think that the three players are equal, none of them is above the other, but there can be only one winner. Hopefully, it’ll be Salah,” Aguirre, 59, said.

Although Aguirre stressed that the Liverpool forward “is still the same Mohamed Salah” who broke the Premier League scoring record with 32 goals in the 2017/2018 season, he warned that “it is not easy to repeat.”

“This is just the beginning. The scorers go through streaks, suddenly they score three goals in one match. Scorers like Salah, Ronaldo or (Lionel) Messi can be three or four games without a netting goal, and then they let go,” he explained.

Besides Salah, Aguirre said he appreciates the players in Egyptian league have “a very good technical level,” although he complained that the country’s hot weather “doesn’t help them keep the rhythm high for 90 minutes.”

He also said it was unfortunate that some Egypt players signed to European clubs “have no chance to play” with their teams, although he added that playing abroad helps them evolve.

On his triumphant debut as Egypt’s coach, defeating Niger 6-0 on September 8, Aguirre said it “turned out nicely” and that he intends to continue with the same approach.

“I will do my best to make Egypt play soccer well and give its people joy,” he asserted. “I am very happy with the start of the national team, that people have enjoyed seeing their team, and I hope we can continue that work.”

Aguirre said does not want to judge the campaign of his predecessor, Argentine coach Hector Cuper, who (with Salah’s help) led Egypt to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1990, but was eliminated from the group stage.

“I don’t like comparisons. I saw the Egyptian team in the World Cup, they had bad luck,” he said.

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Sergio Ramos says Luka Modric deserves to win 'FIFA The Best Men's Player of the Year' award. Image Courtesy: Getty

Did Sergio Ramos Take a Dig at Cristiano Ronaldo?

Real Madrid captain, Sergio Ramos believes his team-mate, Luka Modric deserves to win the FIFA ‘The Best Men’s Player of the Year’ award beating his former mate, Cristiano Ronaldo and Mohamed Salah.

Sergio Ramos believes Luka Modric deserves to win FIFA ‘The Best Men’s Player of the Year’ award.

Despite competing against “players with more marketing”, Ramos feels the midfielder should win it this time. Ronaldo, who won both the UEFA and FIFA awards last year is likely to see his streak getting finished. After winning the UEFA Player of the Year award, Modric looks favourite to win the FIFA award. When asked who should win the award, Ramos said,

“We will see [who wins The Best]. There are few players that I am as proud of having in my team as him. He is a great friend and a great player. He is one of the few players who [if he wins] would make me as happy as if they had given it to me. Maybe there are players with more marketing, with a bigger name but Modric deserves that award.”

When Ramos talked about marketing, he was asked if it was directed to Ronaldo. However, Ramos denied and feels Modric did everything right this year.

“No. But since there is nothing that defines the prize, everything adds up [to Modric winning the award].”

Luka Modric, UEFA Awards
Luka Modric dominated the night at the UEFA awards. Image Courtesy: Twitter

The Spanish captain spoke on Jorge Mende’s criticism after Modric was named the winner,

“I will not answer Mendes. Everyone has his opinion. It is respectable. Flattery and criticism are always in our profession. Everyone can say what they want but in my opinion, the prize to Modric is very well deserved.”

Keeping aside the club level for a while, Ramos also talked about Spain. Speaking about Pique, he said despite having differences at club level, he and Pique had nothing but respect for each other at Spain.

“Pique has been a great centre-back. He has given a lot to his club and the national team and he is a player who makes the difference. But we have to look to the future and not the past. We are grateful to what he did but there are people who can replace him.”

After the retirement of Gerard Pique, Andres Iniesta and David Silva, he is all set to lead a new generation of Spain.


FIFA Awards: Ronaldo, Salah And Modric Nominated, Messi Dumped

After failing to make into the top 3 of the UEFA, Lionel Messi has now also been dumped out of the shortlist of FIFA the Best Men’s player of the year. While, Cristiano Ronlado, Mohammed Salah and Luka Modric have been nominated for the top 3.

Cristiano Ronaldo won the last FIFA The Best’s Player of the year award.

Modric, the captain of the runners-up of the World Cup and the UEFA Player of the Year is now in with a chance to win yet another award. While, despite failing to win the UEFA player of the Year last week, Ronaldo is still a top contender as he won the Champions League for the third time in a row with Real Madrid. The Portuguese star scored 15 goals in the competition and played a major role in his side’s success.

Meanwhile, Liverpool star Mohamed Salah is the third player who has been nominated along with Ronaldo and Modric. He was named the PL player of the season and also played a huge role to take Liverpool all the way to the final of the Champions League. However, dreams shattered for the Egyptian in the end as he injured his shoulder in the final and couldn’t play more than 20 minutes.

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On the other side, France’s World Cup-winning captain, Hugo Lloris, is in contention for the goalkeeper of the year award. Golden Glove winner Thibaut Courtois and Denmark’s Kasper Schmeichel are the other two contender for the award. UEFA Goal-keeper of the year Keylor Navas has been dumped out.

The shortlist for coach of the year award are Former Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane, France’s world cup winning coach Didier Deschamps and Croatia’s Zlatko Dalic. And nominees for thewomen’s player of the year award are Ada Hegerberg, Dzsenifer Marozsan and Marta.

The final result and the awards ceremony will be held on 24th September in London.

The Best FIFA Men’s Player:

Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal/Juventus FC, formerly Real Madrid)

Luka Modric (Croatia/Real Madrid)

Mohamed Salah (Egypt/Liverpool)

The Best FIFA Women’s Player:

Ada Hegerberg (Norway/Lyon)

Dzsenifer Marozsán (Germany/ Lyon)

Marta (Brazil/Orlando Pride)

The Best FIFA Men’s Coach:

Zlatko Dalic (Croatia)

Didier Deschamps (France)

Zinedine Zidane (Formerly Real Madrid)

The Best FIFA Women’s Coach:

Reynald Pedros (Lyon)

Asako Takakura (Japan)

Sarina Wiegman (Netherlands)

The Best FIFA Goalkeeper:

Hugo Lloris (France/Tottenham Hotspur)

Kasper Schmeichel (Denmark/Leicester City)

FIFA Puskas Award:

Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) – vs. Liverpool

Denis Cheryshev (Russia) – vs. Croatia

Lazaros Christodoulopoulos (AEK) – vs. Olympiakos

Giorgian De Arrascaeta (Cruzeiro) – vs. America MG

Riley McGree (Newcastle Jets) – vs. Melbourne City

Lionel Messi (Argentina) – vs. Nigeria

Benjamin Pavard (France) – vs. Argentina

Ricardo Quaresma (Portugal) – vs. Iran

Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) – vs. Juventus

Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) – vs. Everton

FIFA Fan Award:

Sebastian Carrera (Deportes Puerto Montt, Chile)

Peru fans

Japan and Senegal fans

Zlatko Dalic, Cristiano Ronaldo
Zlatko Dalic says Cristiano Ronaldo is an egoistic person. Image Courtesy: Getty

I Would Never Want Egoistic Cristiano Ronaldo in My Team – Zlatko Dalic

Croatia manager, Zlatko Dalic has bashed Cristiano Ronaldo and called him an egoistic man, as he didn’t attend the UEFA awards ceremony after knowing that Luka Modric is the player of the year.

Ronaldo was angry after he failed to win the UEFA Player of the year award.

Ronaldo including his agent and sister believe he got denied the well-deserved award. After scoring 15 goals and winning the UCL for the third time in a row, the Portuguese star was sure he would be named the player of the year once again.

But the fate took a turn and his former team-mate, Luka Modric was named the player of the year. Then the controversies began when Ronaldo’s agent and sister protested this decision on social media rather than congratulating Ronaldo’s former team-mate.

However, Croatia manager took the side of his player and bashed Ronaldo for not giving enough respect to the winner. Dalic told Sportske Novosti,

“Ronaldo not attending the UEFA ceremony and those comments about Luka winning it… it is not worthy of my comment! It only proves what I keep saying: Ronaldo is an egotist and I’d never want him in my team. He is the kind of player that only thinks ‘no matter if we lose, the only thing that matters is that I score a goal!”

Zlatko Dalic, Cristiano Ronaldo
Zlatko Dalic says Cristiano Ronaldo is egoistic.

Meanwhile, Modric got the well-deserved appreciation from his national team coach.

“Luka Modric is a great player and person and all of the fame and glory, titles with Real, didn’t change him at all. He’s gone through things the hard way, but that’s the way every player should go, not leave the Croatian league at the age of 18. t would have been too early for him to retire [from international duty], he should be at his peak at Euro 2020.”

Luka Modric, UEFA Player of the Year award
Luka Modric won the UEFA player of the year award.

Luka Modric Bags UEFA ‘Player of the Year’ Award

Croatia and Real Madrid midfielder, Luka Modric has been named as the UEFA Player of the Year defeating Cristiano Ronaldo and Mohamed Salah. He has also won the midfielder of the year award.

Luka Modric has bagged two awards in the 2018 UEFA Awards.

Modric, who played 11 matches in the Champions League in the last season scored once and assisted once. However, his contribution was phenomenal throughout, and he played a significant role in his side’s hattrick of Champions League wins.

However, despite scoring 15 goals in the Champions League, Ronaldo had to remain satisfied with the forward of the year award only. While Mohamed Salah, who had a breathtaking run in the Champions League had to remain empty-handed.

With the FIFA Golden Ball award and now the UEFA player of the year, Luka Modric is currently living the best time of his career. He also took his side Croatia to the final of the FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia. After winning the award, the Croatian midfielder didn’t forget to dedicate it to his coaches and team-mates.

“I would like to dedicate this to my coaches and my team-mates. They are there in the good moments and also the not so good moments, so this is for them.”

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Luka Modric dominated the night at the UEFA awards. Image Courtesy: Twitter

Meanwhile, Real Madrid dominated the night completely with all awards belonging to them. Keylor Navas was named as the Goalkeeper of the year while skipper Sergio Ramos won the defender of the year accolade.

Pernille Harder of Wolfsburg and Denmark was named UEFA Women’s Player of the Year. She beat Ada Hegerberg and Amandine Henry to win the award.

And Georgia international defender, Guram Kashia won the inaugural UEFA #EqualGame Award. The award was given because he took a stand for diversity by wearing a rainbow armband in support of LGBT rights in the face of intense criticism from his homeland.

UEFA 2017-18 AWARDS:

Goal-keeper of the Year: Keylor Navas

Defender of the Year: Sergio Ramos

Midfielder of the Year: Luka Modric

Forward of the Year: Cristiano Ronaldo

Men’s Player of the Year: Luka Modric

Women’s Player of the Year: Pernille Harder

UEFA EqualGame Award: Guram Kashia

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