Luka Modric has been named as UEFA Men’s Player of the Year after leading Real Madrid to their third successive Champions League title.
The Croatian, who had enjoyed a surreal year for club and country, beat fellow nominees Mohamed Salah and Cristiano Ronaldo to the award.
Ronaldo picked up as the Champions League’s best forward last campaign with Real Madrid after becoming the top scorer in the competition for a sixth-year running.
UEFA AWARD WINNERS
UEFA Men’s Player of the Year: Luka Modric
UEFA Woman’s Player of the Year: Penille Harder
Goalkeeper of the Year: Keylor Navas
Defender of the Year: Sergio Ramos
Midfielder of the Year: Luka Modric
Forward of the Year: Cristiano Ronaldo.
Sergio Ramos was voted as the competition’s best defender last season while Modric collected his second award after he was named as the best midfielder for his incredible tournament.
Real and Costa Rica keeper Keylor Navas made it four out of four award categories after he was named as the best goalkeeper of last season’s Champions League with Real Madrid.
Wolfsburg’s Penille Harder also won the UEFA Woman’s Player of the Year.
Former Manchester United and Real Madrid star and football icon David Beckham received the president’s award for his work outside of football and the impact he had made throughout and after his career.
Beckham, who enjoyed an excellent career, received the award from UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin at the Champions League draw ceremony in Monaco.
The ex-England captain was joined by his wife Victoria at the ceremony and was announced as the winner of this prize last week.
He has been acknowledged for ‘outstanding achievements, professional excellence and exemplary personal qualities’.