Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric has blasted Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi for not attending the 2018 Ballon d’Or gala.
The Croatia ended the duopoly of both men on the award this year when he won the prestigious award.
But both players were absent as the 33-year-old was crowned the best player of 2019.
Their absence caused some stir in the days after the awards and the Croatian captain has finally had his say.
“I cannot say why someone did not attend – that’s their choice,” Modric told Sportske Novosti
“That is logical, is it not?
“It turns out these choices and trophies only have value when they get them. It is not fair to their playing colleagues, or to the voters who have nominated them for the past 10 years – nor for football or supporters.
“But I repeat, everyone behaves the way they think they need to.”
The World-Cup finalist who is pleased with the way his year has gone, however acknowledges both men as the best.
Stating clearly that he was only awarded for his performance this year.
“Here we are talking about seasonal performance. It probably means that all the coaches, players, football legends and journalists have voted the same.
“Or are they all mistaken at the same time?
“If we vote on the quality of the player, then the only thing left is to distribute all the trophies for Messi and Ronaldo as long as they are actively playing and to abandon any vote.”
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