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Real Madrid star Luka Modric not obsessing over individual awards

Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric is the favourite to win this year's individual awards.

Sport360 staff 2018/09/12

Luka Modric has downplayed the significance of winning individual awards despite being the favourite to collect FIFA’s Best Men’s Player gong.

The Real Madrid midfielder is one of three finalists, alongside former team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo and Liverpool‘s Mohamed Salah. Modric has already won two major awards this year, the World Cup‘s Golden Ball accolade and UEFA’s Best Men’s Player.

Speaking after Croatia’s stunning 6-0 loss to Spain on Tuesday, however, the 33-year-old said he’s far from obsessed by the possibility of a clean sweep, with the Ballon d’Or also a possibility later this year.

“For me, the important thing is the collective, winning the prize is not what obsesses me the most,” Modric said.

“If I do not win it, nothing happens.”

Meanwhile, Modric was left ruing what could have been after his side were picked apart by Spain despite a bright start.

“A very tough game,” he added. “We started the game in the first 20 minutes very well, we had two or three, let’s say, clear chances. We didn’t score, and when we conceded the first goal, and especially the second, we fell apart.”

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