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Luka Modric

Real Madrid's Luka Modric reacts during the Champions League, Group B, soccer match between Shakhtar Donetsk and Real Madrid at the Olimpiyskiy Stadium in Kyiv, Ukraine.

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Real Madrid's Luka Modric, foreground, and Inter Milan's Roberto Gagliardini fight for the ball during the Champions League group B soccer match between Real Madrid and Inter Milan at the Alfredo Di Stefano stadium in Madrid, Spain.

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Real Madrid's Luka Modric celebrates scoring his side's 3rd goal during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain.

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Real Madrid's Luka Modric celebrates after scoring his side's opening goal during the Champions League, group B soccer match between Real Madrid and Shakhtar Donetsk at Alfredo di Stefano stadium in Madrid, Spain.

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Real Madrid's Luka Modric, right, and Cadiz's Alex Fernandez fight for possession during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between Real Madrid and Cadiz at the Alfredo di Stefano stadium in Madrid, Spain.

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Real Madrid's Luka Modric shoots the ball during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between Real Madrid and Villareal at the Alfredo di Stefano stadium in Madrid, Spain.

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Real Madrid's Luka Modric gestures during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between Valladolid and Real Madrid at the Jose Zorrilla stadium in Valladolid, Spain.

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Real Madrid's Luka Modric, second left, is shown a yellow card during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between Real Madrid and Sevilla at Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid.

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Real Madrid's Luka Modric celebrates after scoring his side's third goal during the Spanish Super Cup semifinal soccer match between Real Madrid and Valencia at King Abdullah stadium in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia.

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Real Madrid's Luka Modric, center, jubilates after scoring his sides third goal during the Champions League group A soccer match between Brugge and Real Madrid at the Jan Breydel stadium in Bruges, Belgium.

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Real Madrid's Lucas Modric poses during the Golden Ball award ceremony at the Grand Palais in Paris.

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Barcelona's soccer player Lionel Messi, right, receives his sixth golden ball from Real Madrid's Lucas Modric during the Golden Ball award ceremony in Paris.

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Real Madrid's Luka Modric is fouled by Real Sociedad's Mikel Merino during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between Real Madrid and Real Sociedad at the Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain.

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Real Madrid's Luka Modric arrives with his wife Vanja Bosnic and children Ivano and Ema to attend the Best FIFA soccer awards, in Milan's La Scala theater, northern Italy.

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FIFA World Men Eleven team during the Best FIFA soccer awards ceremony, in Milan's La Scala theater, northern Italy.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses during a dinner hosted by him in honour of the Members of Parliament, in New Delhi.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi offer prayers at Kashi Vishwanath Temple, in Varanasi.

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Real midfielder Luka Modric, left, tries to stop Ajax's Dusan Tadic during the Champions League round of 16 second leg soccer match between Real Madrid and Ajax at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid.

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Recall Luka Modric’s twisty playmaking skills that powered Croatia to the World Cup final. Rem­em­ber, too, Kylian Mbappe’s fiendishly fast bursts in that final that won France the Cup. Peer­less Modric won the Ballon d’Or, Mbappe bagged the best U-21 player Kopa trophy. For those (predictably) predicting the slow desc­ent of Messi and Ronaldo—hope you’ve not spoken too soon, for maestros are forever.

Real Madrid's Luka Modric, center, duels for the ball with SD Huesca's Chimy Avila, during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between Real Madrid and SD Huesca at El Alcoraz stadium, in Huesca, northern Spain.

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Real Madrid's Luka Modric, with the Ballon d'Or, center poses with Olympique Lyonnais' Ada Hegerberg with the Women's Ballon d'Or, left, and Paris St Germain's Kylian Mbappe with the Kopa Trophy, right, during the Golden Ball award ceremony at the Grand Palais in Paris, France.

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Real Madrid's Luka Modric celebrates with the Ballon d'Or award during the Golden Ball award ceremony at the Grand Palais in Paris, France.

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Olympique Lyonnais' Ada Hegerberg with the Women's Ballon d'Or, center, poses with Real Madrid's Luka Modric, with the Ballon d'Or, left, and Paris St Germain's Kylian Mbappe with the Kopa Trophy, right, during the Golden Ball award ceremony at the Grand Palais in Paris, France. Awarded every year by France Football magazine since Stanley Matthews won it in 1956, the Ballon d'Or, Golden Ball for the best player of the year will be given to both a woman and a man.

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