Luka Modric has been named the UEFA Men’s Player of the Year for 2017-18, seeing off competition from Cristiano Ronaldo and Mohamed Salah.
The Real Madrid midfielder was crowned at the ceremony for the Champions League group stage draw on Thursday.
Modric featured 11 times as Madrid continued their dominance of the Champions League, scoring once and adding a single assist.
But it was his conviction in possession and ability to turn defence into attack with just one pass that made him so vital to Los Blancos’ success.
His former team-mate Ronaldo – who scored 15 goals in last season’s competition – and Liverpool star Salah were considered leading candidates due to their respective displays in attack.
But Modric, who also claimed the Golden Ball at the World Cup, won the most votes from coaches and journalists.
Champions League winners Madrid dominated the individual awards, winning every single one for the men’s game.
Keylor Navas, Sergio Ramos and Ronaldo won the respective accolades for best goalkeeper, defender and forward, while Modric took the prize for most impressive midfielder.