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— Luka Mo­dric picked up a to­tal of 14 awards, ci­ta­tions and tro­phies in 2018, in­clud­ing a third con­sec­u­tive Cham­pi­ons League win­ners’ medal and fourth over­all, a place in the FIFA FIFPRO World XI and the 2018 Bal­lon d’Or, break­ing the Lionel Messi-Cris­tiano Ron­aldo du­op­oly.


— Mo­dric played 58 games for club and coun­try in the 2017-18 sea­son, in­clud­ing all 13 of Real Madrid’s vic­to­ri­ous Cham­pi­ons League cam­paign and 15 ap­pear­ances for Croa­tia as they qual­i­fied for Rus­sia 2018 and reached the World Cup Fi­nal for the first time.


— 566 of Mo­dric’s 636 Cham­pi­ons League passes were suc­cess­ful. That equates to an 89% pass com­ple­tion ra­tio.

94 — Mo­dric’s pass com­ple­tion ra­tio for the fi­nal against Liver­pool shot up to 94%. Only his Madrid team­mate, Toni Kroos, put up bet­ter fig­ures of play­ers who started the match. Madrid went on to win 3-1.


— Mo­dric played in seven games at the World Cup fi­nals, cap­tain­ing Croa­tia in ev­ery ap­pear­ance and scor­ing twice, against Nige­ria and Argentina.


— Mo­dric cov­ered a lung-bust­ing 63km at the World Cup, the most of any player from any na­tion present in Rus­sia. That in­cludes 9km in the Fi­nal de­feat to France alone.


— No player at the World Cup played more min­utes than Mo­dric’s 694, in­clud­ing ex­tra time in the Round of 16 penalty shootout win over Den­mark, the Quar­ter-Fi­nal shootout vic­tory over hosts Rus­sia and the Semi-Fi­nal tri­umph over Eng­land. Croa­tia came from be­hind in all three games.


— Mo­dric is the first Croa­t­ian to win the Golden Ball for best player at the World Cup, the UEFA Men’s Player of the Year award, the Best FIFA Men’s Player award and the Bal­lon d’Or, do­ing so all in the same cal­en­dar year.


— 2007 was the last time a player other than Ron­aldo or Messi topped the Bal­lon d’Or vot­ing, when Kaka, then of Mi­lan, was suc­cess­ful. Mo­dric ded­i­cated his vic­tory to ‘all the play­ers who prob­a­bly de­served to win but didn’t.’


— Mo­dric turned 33 in Septem­ber and wants to play on for a few more sea­sons. “I have two years left [on his Madrid con­tract] and hope­fully one more. The club shows me a lot of af­fec­tion and I’d like to re­tire at Madrid. I want to keep en­joy­ing this club,” he said.

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