Luka Modric Praises Former Tottenham Manager Harry Redknapp After Winning The Ballon d'Or
Luka Modric has become the first player that is not called Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo to win the Ballon d'Or since 2007 when Kaka bagged the gong.
Modric finished top of the pile ahead of Ronaldo who this time was forced to settle for a runners-up spot, while World Cup winner Antoine Griezmann secured third.
Look away Messi fans, as the Argentine could only finish 5th, a place behind Kylian Mbappe. Mo Salah, Raphael Varane, Eden Hazard, Kevin de Bruyne, and Harry Kane made up the top-10.
In his victory speech Modric made sure he praised his former Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp, who is currently one of the favourites to win 'Im A Celeb':
"The change of position helped me a lot in my career. I used to play more offensively," said the Croatian.
"When I dropped back, I was able to read the game better and show my creativity. Harry Redknapp made that change."
Modric was signed by former Spurs boss Juande Ramos, but after a slow start he then thrived following the appointment of Redknapp who employed the Croatian in a more central position, allowing him to be the nucleus of the team.
But, after making the switch from Spurs to Spain in 2012 everything wasn't quite so rosy for the future Ballon d'Or winner, who was remarkably voted - by Marca readers, Spanish publication - as La Liga's worst new signing, with 32%.
Modric stuttered out of the blocks at Real Madrid but has since thrived in the Spanish capital, winning four Champions League trophies, La Liga, Copa del Rey, a couple of Spanish Super Cups, three UEFA Super Cups, and let's not forget three FIFA Club World Cups, while he captained Croatia to their first ever World Cup final a few months ago.
Not bad, not bad at all!