Luka Modric named UEFA player of year

Modric played a major role in Real Madrid's third successive Champions League success.

“My father always pushed me to fight for my dreams, I owe him a lot for everything,” said Modric.   -  GETTY IMAGES

Luka Modric of Real Madrid and Croatia on Thursday received the accolade of UEFA Player of the Year in Monaco after his Champions League exploits.

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“My father always pushed me to fight for my dreams, I owe him a lot for everything,” said Modric, whose silky midfield skills helped Real to a third straight European crown and then propelled Croatia to the World Cup final.

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“It's incredible moment for me, I feel really excited and proud of this great award,” said the 32-year-old, who started out at Dinamo Zagreb and then had four years with Tottenham before Real prised him away six years ago.

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