Luka Modric, the best Croatian athlete and footballer of the world, won another award! The latest Modric’s success comes from AIPS – International Association of Sports Journalists, which decided that Modric is the best male athlete of 2018.
A panel of 359 journalists from 87 countries voted for the Champions of 2018 and Luka Modric had amazing 419 votes, followed by Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic with 337 votes and Swiss tennis star Roger Federer with 290 votes.
- Jorge Valdano wrote of Luka Modric that he is a ‘miracle worker,’ a player who reminds us space and time do exist. The Croatian’s talents were globally recognised in 2018 as he excelled for both club and country, orchestrating the game in a simple but lucid manner from the midfield – it's stated on the official AIPS website, adding that Modric won the Champions League for the third time in a row with his club, Real Madrid, and then led Croatia to the final of the World Cup where France proved too strong. The midfielder also became the first player other than Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi to win the FIFA best award since Ricardo Kaká in 2007.
This is the full list:
Luka Modric - football 419 (13.15%) Novak Djokovic - tennis 337 (10.58%) Roger Federer - tennis 290 (9.1%) Kylian Mbappe - football 282 (8.85%) Lewis Hamilton - formula one 266 (8.35%) Cristiano Ronaldo - football 234 (7.34%) Kamil Sotch - ski jumping 202 (6.34%) Marcel Hirscher - skiing 159 (4.99%) LeBron James - basketball 142 (4.46%) Martin Fourcade - biathlon 119 (3.7%)