Champions League ‘Squad of the Season’ Includes Luka Modrić for Fourth Time

Daniela Rogulj

This is the fourth time the Croatian footballer has been selected on the elite list. 

The Champions League final in Kiev over the weekend, where Real Madrid’s victory over Liverpool (3:1) brought them their 13th-time Champions League title and the third in a row, added yet another European notch in the belt for the Spanish club, reports on May 27, 2018. 

Because the Champions League euphoria is still going strong, UEFA did not waste any time in announcing the best players in the competition this year with their Champions League ‘Squad of the Season’. Croatia’s most celebrated footballer Luka Modrić has made his way onto the elite list for the fourth time – and UEFA first launched this list from the 2014/2015 season.

The Croatian midfielder is one of the 18 players for whom UEFA analysts, using standardized parameters, estimated were the best this season. The squad, which boasts eight Real Madrid players, consists of two goalkeepers, six defenders, five midfielders and five forwards. 

Madrid’s Keylor Navas and Roma’s Brazilian keeper Alisson Becker were named as the best goalkeepers.

Three Real Madrid players make up the best defense (Ramos, Varane, Marcelo), with the addition of Juventus’ Chiellini, Liverpool’s Van Dijk and Bayern’s Kimmich.

Modrić, Casemiro, and Kroos from Real Madrid make up the midfield along with Bayern’s James and Manchester City’s De Bruyne.

Liverpool’s Salah and Firmino, Madrid’s Ronaldo, Barcelona’s Messi and Roma’s Edin Džeko complete the team in the attack.

Apart from being chosen by UEFA yet again, Modrić also received the praise of former Premier League stars.

In the great analysis of Rio Ferdinand, Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard for BT Sports, the celebrated English faces honored Croatia’s captain.

“Did you see this play by Luka Modrić? Is he the best midfielder in the world this time?” Gerrard said, turning to Lampard and Ferdinand.

“His performance was amazing. He drove the ball into difficult positions, into small spaces, found space between three, four players, and did it so calmly under pressure,” the former Reds captain said.



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Frank Lampard also did not hesitate to applaud the Croat.

“Luka plays like he’s in the park. Nothing bothers him. He gets the ball and keeps on with it. He is very calm.”


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