Ivan Rakitic backs Modric for award after Messi snub

first_imgCroatia international midfielder Ivan Rakitic has backed fellow countryman Luka Modric to win the FIFA best player award after Messi was snub.The Barcelona midfielder insists any individual price that his club teammate Lionel Messi can’t win this year should go to Real Madrid’s Modric.After captaining the Croatian national team to a stellar outing at this summer’s World Cup where they finished as runners-up behind eventual champions France, Modric was voted as the winner of the UEFA Men’s best player of the year.The former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder is also amongst the final three contenders for the FIFA Best Men’s player of the year alongside Mohamed Salah and Cristiano Ronaldo.However, after Messi was snubbed from the final three, Rakitic wants his international teammate to take home the award.Luka Modric, Real MadridReal Madrid suffer a Luka Modric injury blow Andrew Smyth – September 12, 2019 Real Madrid have announced that Luka Modric has suffered an adductor injury, which could rule him out of some key fixtures.“If there is an individual prize that Lionel Messi can’t win, then there’s no doubt that this season it should go to Luka Modric,” he told Marca.“It wouldn’t surprise me if he were to win with many more votes. This has been his year and I am really happy for him.“If Messi isn’t the best, then it has to be Modric.”Asides leading Croatia to success at the World Cup, Modric also won the UEFA Champions League with Real Madrid. However, former teammate Cristiano Ronaldo who finished as top scorer in the competition whilst also winning it with Madrid also believes he deserves the award.last_img

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