'I would have liked them to be here' - Modric wanted Ronaldo, Messi at awards ceremony

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The Juventus and Barcelona stars skipped the FIFA awards and the Real Madrid man admitted he wanted them present

Luka Modric said he would have liked Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi present to see him win the FIFA Best Men's Player award.

The Real Madrid and Croatia star took the prize ahead of Ronaldo and Mohamed Salah in London, but the Juventus forward and Messi skipped Monday's awards ceremony.

Modric, who helped Madrid win the Champions League before leading Croatia to the World Cup final, said he wanted the duo at the event.

"Everyone has their own reasons," he said.

"Obviously, I would have liked them to be here but they aren't."

Asked if he had spoken to his former Madrid team-mate Ronaldo, UEFA Men's Player of the Year Modric said: "No."

"He sent me a message the day of the UEFA prize but nothing yet," he added. "I don't have my phone with me now so maybe he has [sent a message]."

Ronaldo, the winner of the award the previous two years, finished second to Modric and did vote for his former team-mate as the second-place choice on his ballot behind Raphael Varane and ahead of Antoine Griezmann. 

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The 33-year-old Modric had no interest in discussing whether he deserved the honour.

"I don't want to enter into the debate of whether it is deserved or not," he said.

"I just want to thank all the people that voted for me for their support and continue as I have until now."

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