It has been a very successful year for the Ballon d’ Or winer Luka Modric; actually, the best one he has had in his career so far. Despite the intensity of the competition, Modric was able to stand till the end, with his performances and achievements during the year coupled with other factors that helped him to be named the finest footballer on the planet this term.

4. UEFA Champions League triumph

Modric was an unbeatable force in the middle of the pitch during the coveted tournament last season, linking up play between the defense and attack, controlling the tempo of games, helping to absorb pressure, distributing decent passes as well as improving the overall performance of his team.

The Croatian International finished as one of the most impressive performers in the European tournament, stepping up at the vital moments to produce scintillating performances and guiding Real Madrid to claim their record third consecutive UEFA Champions League trophy.

3. The FIFA World Cup

Although Luka Modric had already boosted his chances of winning the Ballon d’Or award with his success in the UEFA Champions League last season, it is actually his exploits in the recently concluded FIFA World Cup tournament which was held in Russia that really justifies his status as the best player in the world.

The Real Madrid superstar was undoubtedly the most impressive performer in Russia, bagging two vital goals and 1 assist to join with his role of controlling games from the middle of the pitch as well as running riot on his way to leading his nation to the final of the World Cup for the first time in their history.

2. Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo both failed in Russia

Before this edition, the duo shared the last 10 Ballon d’Or awards between each other (5 apiece) and they both entered the year as the heavy favorites to go home with the coveted accolade once again.

Having achieved remarkable success with their respective clubs last term, it initially looked like the duo would continue with their dominance on top of the football world. But they both failed to inscribe their signature on the tournament and afforded other superstars the chance to steal the highlights – an opportunity Luka Modric grabbed with both hands.

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