(Reuters/NAN) Croatia captain Luka Modric was named Balkan Athlete of the 12 months on Thursday, turning into solely the second soccer participant to scoop the prize after Bulgaria’s former European Footballer of the 12 months Hristo Stoichkov in 1994.
Ballon d’Or winner Modric received the Champions League and the FIFA Membership World Cup along with his Spanish membership Actual Madrid in addition to being instrumental in serving to Croatia attain the World Cup remaining in Russia.
He was awarded the event’s Golden Ball Award.
The 33-year-old, who obtained 75 factors within the 46th ballot, organised by Bulgarian Information Company (BTA), beat Serbia’s world primary tennis participant Novak Djokovic, who topped the annual ballot 5 instances in a row between 2011 and 2015.
One other tennis participant, Romania’s Simona Halep, who completed the yr as ladies’s world primary for the second consecutive season, got here third within the ballot, which is performed by the state-run information businesses in 9 Balkan nations.