Luka Modric revealed that Cristiano Ronaldo congratulated him after he won the UEFA Player of the Year award.
The Croatia international won the prize ahead of his former Real Madrid teammate Ronaldo and Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah last week. Ronaldo refused to attend the presentation at the Champions League group-stage draw in Monaco. After he learnt that he had not won the award.
The Croatian had a stunning season as he helped guide Real Madrid to Champions League glory. He also carried Croatia to the World Cup final. But some believe Ronaldo should have been given the prize. As he netted 15 times as to help Real Madrid lift the European Cup for a record 13 times.
Ronaldo’s sister also aimed a dig at Modric on Instagram by appearing to question the Croatian’s contribution to Real Madrid’s Champions League success last season. Mendes, who helped negotiate the forward’s summer move to Juventus, blasted the decision as ‘ridiculous’ and ‘shameful’. Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri also described the iconic number seven as being ‘angry’. After he failed to be recognised for his achievements.
But Modric has revealed that Ronaldo was humble in defeat. ‘Cristiano sent me a message. He congratulated me and told me he is happy for me and I deserved it. He also said he can’t wait to meet me again.’ Modric told RTP3 after the game.
‘I am happy to be in another big award final, we’ll see what will happen. I have a good relationship with Cristiano Ronaldo and we’ll have good relationship in the future too. Individual awards are important but I am not obsessed with them.’ Modric added.