Luka Modric narrowly missed out on winning the World Cup this year, but he did walk away with FIFA’s highest individual honor on Monday.
The Croatia and Real Madrid star midfielder was awarded Best FIFA men’s player of 2018, beating out former teammate Cristiano Ronaldo and Mohamed
"This trophy is not just mine, it’s for all my Real Madrid teammates, for all my teammates from the Croatian national team, for all coaches that I have played for," he said at the Best FIFA Football Awards held in London, "because without them this would not be possible."
Modric went on to thank his family, fans who voted for him, and Zvonimir Boban, the captain of the Croatian 1998 World Cup team that achieved a third-place finish in France, calling him his "footballing idol."
"He gave us belief that we could achieve something great in Russia, and hopefully we will do the same for the next generation," Modric said.