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Luka Modric on Ronaldo 'snub' - Cristiano congratulated me!

Modric reveals Ronaldo's reaction after he beat forward to top UEFA award

07/09/2018 at 09:44Updated 07/09/2018 at 10:46

Luka Modric downplayed rumours of a snub by Cristiano Ronaldo after the Real Madrid star beat his former-teammate to the 2017-18 UEFA Player of the Year award.

Reports suggested that Ronaldo - who was not present at the ceremony - shunned the event having missed out on the honour, with his agent Jorge Mendes saying it was "ridiculous and shameful" that the former Real Madrid forward had not won.

However, following his team Croatia's 1-1 draw against Portugal on Thursday, Modric said Ronaldo had contacted him privately to congratulate him.

Modric said: "Cristiano sent me a message, congratulated me and told me he is happy for me and I deserved it."

He added: "I have a good relationship with Cristiano Ronaldo and we'll have good relationship in the future too.

"Individual awards are important but I am not obsessed with them."

Modric, who led Croatia to the World Cup final this summer while Ronaldo's Portugal crashed out in the group stage of the tournament, will also compete against Ronaldo and Liverpool's Mo Salah for FIFA's The Best Men's Player of the Year award on September 24.