Ivan Rakitic has stated that Lionel Messi remains the best ever, however this year belongs to Modric.
The Croatia midfielder claimed the gong for best UEFA player, and is also a favourite for the FIFA award.
Modric has been nominated alongside Ronaldo and Salah, despite Messi’s omission, Rakitic insists he remains the best.
“There are seasons that you can be better or not,” Rakitic told reporters ahead of Croatia’s Nations League clash against Spain on Tuesday.
“For me in general the best player of the world and maybe the greatest of all time is Leo Messi. It’s easy, you take a boy, and nine of 10 boys are gonna say the same.
“But I think it was the year of Luka, sincerely, I think it’s something that Leo and all the people know, he [Modric] deserves all the awards.
“Sincerely if he received the award of the best European player… I don’t know what he has to do to be the best player of the world, with all he did.
“I don’t need to help him as a good friend of him as I’m, he made everything on himself, nobody gave him anything. For me it’s clear that he has to be Luka [for The Best award].”