August 30, 2018 / 7:35 PM / 21 days ago

Modric voted UEFA's Player of the Year

MONACO (Reuters) - Real Madrid and Croatia midfielder Luka Modric was voted Player of the Year for last season by European soccer body UEFA on Thursday, ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo and Mohamed Salah with Lionel Messi fifth.

Soccer Football - Champions League Group Stage Draw - Grimaldi Forum, Monaco - August 30, 2018 Real Madrid's Luka Modric with the UEFA Champions League Midfielder of the Season award REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

The 32-year-old helped Real Madrid win the Champions League for a third season running and then led Croatia to the World Cup final.

Soccer Football - Champions League Group Stage Draw - Grimaldi Forum, Monaco - August 30, 2018 General view during the draw REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

Ronaldo, who was his Real Madrid team mate last season and has now joined Juventus was second, with Liverpool and Egypt forward Salah third.

French World Cup winner Antoine Griezmann of France was fourth, followed by Messi of Barcelona and Argentina.

Modric is only the third player other than Ronaldo and Messi to win the award since it was introduced in 2011.

UEFA said the award recognises the best players who play for a European club, regardless of nationality. Players are judged on their performances in domestic, continental and international competitions.

Writing by Brian Homewood; Editing by Toby Davis

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