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Breaking: Luka Modric Wins The 2018 Ballon d’Or

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Luka Modric has been announced as the winner of the 2018 Ballon d’Or at an awards ceremony in Paris tonight.  The award caps off an incredible year for the 33-year-old Croatian who helped his country reach the World Cup final in Russia in addition to winning a Champions League with Real Madrid. Modric’s win means that 2018 will be the …

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Modric Ends Ronaldo-Messi Era To Be Crowned World’s Best

Luka Modric ended Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi’s decade-long domination of football’s individual awards by being crowned FIFA’s best player of the year on Monday. The Real Madrid and Croatia midfielder starred for both club and country as Madrid won a third straight Champions League, and he inspired Croatia to reach the World Cup final for the first time. He …

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Luka Modric Reaches Spanish Tax Settlement To Avoid Jail: Report

Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric has reached a deal with Spanish prosecutors, admitting he evaded taxes and agreeing to an eight-month jail sentence likely to be converted into a fine, daily El Mundo reported Saturday. The Croatian star, one of the favourites to win the Ballon d’Or in December, has been accused of evading 870,728 euros ($1 million) on revenue …

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Luka Modric Named UEFA Men’s Player Of The Year

After a phenomenal season for both club and country, Luka Modric has taken home the UEFA Men’s Player Of The Year award. Modric is a man who has tasted success on many levels over the course of his fine career to date, but winning an individual award like this will be an extra sweet moment for him. Considering how dominant …

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Luka Modric To Extend Stay With Real Madrid

Luka Modric looks set to extend his six-year stay with Real Madrid after securing a salary rise which will see him elevated to the same pay grade as skipper Sergio Ramos, Spanish media reported. Modric, 33, who inspired Croatia to the World Cup final last month, only returned to training with the European champions this week amidst rumours that he …

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World Cup Team Of The Tournament, As Chosen By You

MOSCOW, RUSSIA - JULY 15: Luka Modric of Croatia with the FIFA Golden Ball trophy and Kylian Mbappe of France with the silver ball trophy pose for photographers after the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Final between France and Croatia at Luzhniki Stadium on July 15, 2018 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Etsuo Hara/Getty Images)

We asked you to vote for your World Cup 2018 Team of the Tournament, and the results are in. We whittled down all 736 players involved in Russia down to tjust a handful of nominees in each category, and you did the rest in a series of polls. While there were some landslides in terms of who made it in …

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England’s Attacking Bluntness Was Exposed By Superior Croatia

MOSCOW, RUSSIA - JULY 11: Kieran Trippier of England looks dejected at the end of extra time during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Semi Final match between Croatia and England at Luzhniki Stadium on July 11, 2018 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images)

For all of the talk of “football coming home” this month, it will instead be lining out in the streets of Paris or Zagreb after this weekend. England’s dream, which had gathered momentum and volume exponentially over the last couple of weeks, was shattered into a million pieces as giddy euphoria gave way to a hefty dose of realism. Croatia …

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World Cup 2018: Our Best XI From The Group Stage

TOPSHOT - England's forward Harry Kane celebrates after scoring his team's fifth goal during the Russia 2018 World Cup Group G football match between England and Panama at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium in Nizhny Novgorod on June 24, 2018. (Photo by Martin BERNETTI / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - NO MOBILE PUSH ALERTS/DOWNLOADS (Photo credit should read MARTIN BERNETTI/AFP/Getty Images)

By now, a number of players have come to the fore and earmarked themselves as potential starts of the 2018 World Cup. 16 teams have fallen by the wayside after an eventful group stage, which counted defending champions Germany among the fallen. Elsewhere, shocks were in precious short supply as most of the biggest hitters dragged themselves kicking and screaming (and …

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World Cup 2018: Best XI From The Second Round Of Group Matches

NIZHNY NOVGOROD, RUSSIA - JUNE 24: Harry Kane of England celebrates after scoring his team's fifth goal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group G match between England and Panama at Nizhny Novgorod Stadium on June 24, 2018 in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia. (Photo by Maja Hitij - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

At this point, a handful of players have started singling themselves out as potential stars of this World Cup. Interestingly, many of the high profile players that were slated to take the tournament by storm, while (as usual) a crop of previously unheralded or even relatively unknown quantities have been making names for themselves and driving their national sides on …

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The Knives Are Out For Argentina After Croatia Hammering

NIZHNY NOVGOROD, RUSSIA - JUNE 21: Lionel Messi of Argentina looks dejected after the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group D match between Argentina and Croatia at Nizhny Novgorod Stadium on June 21, 2018 in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia. (Photo by Adam Pretty - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

Argentina’s World Cup descended into farce on Thursday night after they fell to a 3-0 humbling at the hands of Croatia. Despite making a number of changes from the side’s 1-1 draw against Iceland in their opener, Jorge Sampaoli’s side were wretched as their European opponents took full advantage of their defensive shortcomings in a ruthless second half. Goals from Ante …

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FIFA Release 24-Man Shortlist For Best Player Of 2017

Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo (R) celebrates with Real Madrid's Croatian midfielder Luka Modric (L) and Real Madrid's defender Sergio Ramos after scoring during the UEFA Champions League semifinal first leg football match Real Madrid CF vs Club Atletico de Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, on May 2, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / GERARD JULIEN (Photo credit should read GERARD JULIEN/AFP/Getty Images)

It’s that time of year again when Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo battle against each other under the pretence of it being anything other than a two-horse race for the end of season awards. With France Football and FIFA ending their partnership last year there are now two awards to be won – the former’s traditional Ballon d’Or and the …

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