Luka Modric was brought down to earth with a bump just hours after being named the world’s best player as Real Madrid suffered a crushing defeat on Wednesday night.
The Croatian midfield maestro could only watch on as Andre Silva gave Sevilla the perfect start against the European champions and joint league leaders by scoring from close range in the 17th minute after a mix-up between Real’s out-of-form defender Marcelo and midfielder Casemiro.
AC Milan loanee Silva pounced four minutes later after poor goalkeeping from Thibaut Courtois, netting for the sixth time this season and moving above Lionel Messi as the top scorer in Spain, although Gareth Bale almost pulled one back for Real when his shot struck the post.
Luka Modric was named the world’s best player on Monday but his return to action 48 hours later did not quite go to plan.
Sevilla were relentless throughout the first half and after Franco Vazquez hit the bar, striker Wissam Ben Yedder scored in the 39th minute for his sixth goal in a week.
Modric thought he had given his side hope of mounting a comeback by clipping the ball over the goalkeeper in the 53rd minute but his effort was ruled out for offside.
Modric’s frustration was compounded by a booking for dissent in the 65th minute before he was taken off six minutes later.
Modric had been named the world’s best male player at the Best Fifa Football Awards in London on Monday
The Real Madrid midfielder beat former team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo, now with Juventus, and Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah to the award.
The 33-year-old won his third Champions League title in a row in May and guided Croatia to their first World Cup final in July.
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