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‘I’D LIKE TO RETIRE AT REAL MADRID’- Ballon d’Or winner

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Luka Modric has affirmed his commitment to Real Madrid, saying he wants to retire at the club after beating Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi to the 2018 Ballon d ‘Or.

The Croatian became the first player who is not Messi or Ronaldo to win the much-coveted prize since Kaka did so in 2007, breaking the Juventus and Barcelona stars’ decade-long dominance.

Modric after becoming the first Croatian to win the award pledged his future to the three-time reigning Champions League holders Real Madrid amid interests from Serie A side Inter Milan.

The 33-year old who attracted interest from Inter Milan in the summer said: ” I have two years left and hopefully one more.

“The club shows me a lot of affection and I’d like to retire at Real Madrid.

“My family enjoys it and I want to keep enjoying this huge club.”

Luka Modric had a clean sweep of all the major individual honors in 2018, capping it off by edging five-time winner and former team-mate Ronaldo to the Ballon d’Or after a stellar campaign for both club and country.

Modric and Real Madrid are back in action Thursday night in the Copa del Rey against Melilla.

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