Ballon d'Or: Modric reveals how Wenger helped him win award

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The 33-year-old and Modric helped Madrid win a third straight Champions League in 2018, while the midfielder also guided Croatia to a World Cup final.

"It's Modric's year. The focus has to be on him".

Cristiano Ronaldo was the "deserved" victor of the 2018 Ballon d'Or and will use the second-place disappointment as motivation to become the first Juventus player to lift the award since Pavel Nedved in 2003, according to his manager.

"I will not get into discussing the inconsistencies of the prize", Mr Valverde told reporters.

He came fifth despite the fact he won a record fifth Golden Shoe for finishing as Europe's leading scorer last season with 34 goals, inspiring Barça to glory in La Liga and the Copa del Rey in the process.

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"But I think that this can be a motivation to do even better this season and win the next Ballon d'Or with Juventus".

Needless to say, it shows numerous examples from down the years of Messi humiliating the current Ballon d'Or holder when they've gone head-to-head.

Wenger had the chance to sign Modric but the Frenchman rejected the player.

The International Federation of Football History & Statistics (IFFHS) has announced its annual World's Best Playmaker ranking, and Luka Modric has replaced Messi at the top.

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