Premier League

Modric wins world player of year, ends Ronaldo-Messi duology

LONDON (AP) Luka Modric broke a decade of award dominance by Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi after being crowned world footballer of the year by FIFA on Monday.

Modric was voted FIFA's best player in the 2017-18 season after winning the Champions League for a fourth time in five seasons with Real Madrid and leading Croatia to its first World Cup final where it lost to France.

"This trophy is not just mine," the 33-year-old playmaker said. "It's for all my Real Madrid teammates. For all my teammates in the Croatia national team. For all the coaches that I have played for."