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Category: Luka Modric

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Sports quiz of the week: Luka Modric, Deontay Wilder, Pelé and long hair

Who has ‘one skill’? Who bunked off? Who swung and missed?Deontay Wilder threw 430 punches in his fight against Tyson Fury. What percentage of them landed?6%17%29%51%Luka Modric won the Ballon d’Or on Monday night and became the first player other than…

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Ada Hegerberg stepped forward for women’s football, but sexism kicked her back | Suzanne Wrack

Martin Solveig’s twerking comments to the Ballon d’Or winner aren’t unusual for women in sport, but are hugely disappointingIt should have been about moving forward, a historic moment: the first women’s Ballon d’Or should have been a celebration.Becaus…

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Luka Modric ‘honoured’ after winning men’s 2018 Ballon d’Or – video

Real Madrid and Croatia midfielder Luka Modric said he was ‘happy, proud and honoured’ after being named winner of the 2018 men’s Ballon d’Or on Monday.The 33-year-old broke Cristiano Ronaldo’s and Lionel Messi’s decade-long hold on the prestigious awa…

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First women’s Ballon d’Or marred as winner Ada Hegerberg is asked to twerk

• Lyon forward invited to dance to celebrate collecting award• Luka Modric won men’s award to break Ronaldo-Messi duopolyLuka Modric ended a decade of dominance by Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in the Ballon d’Or but the Croatian’s win was oversha…

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Ballon d’Or 2018: Modric, Messi and Ronaldo in frame for award – live!

Live updates from the awards ceremony in ParisEngland to face Netherlands in Nations League semi-finalsSend Jacob an email | Tweet @JacobSteinberg 5.44pm GMT Hello. It’s awards night! Get your fake smiles ready as we hand out some gongs. Continue read…

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John Stones tells England to start new era by healing World Cup wound

• Semi-final defeat still plays on your mind, says Stones• Croatia’s Luka Modric wary of Harry Kane threatJohn Stones has urged England to “set things straight” as they prepare to confront Croatia in the Nations League just 93 days after losing against…

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Fifa must do more to highlight the quality in the women’s game | Eni Aluko

Fifa got the Luka Modric decision right at the Best awards but naming Marta as the women’s best sends the wrong signalsFifa’s annual Best awards were held in London on Monday and it is fair to say they have created much debate. I can see why and no mor…

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Luka Modric and Marta win Fifa player of the year awards in London

• Modric beats Ronaldo to men’s prize, Salah wins Puskás award• 32-year-old Marta wins women’s award for first time since 2010Luka Modric has been named the Fifa men’s footballer of the year at a ceremony in London, with Brazil’s Marta crowned the worl…

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Football transfer rumours: Luka Modric to join Inter from Real Madrid?

Today’s titbits are hooked on cheese punsNot content with losing Zinedine Zidane and Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid could be about to complete an unthinkable treble by selling Luka Modric to Internazionale. Fresh from winning the World Cup Golden Ball …

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The Modric supremacy: why Croatia’s talisman should win the Ballon d’Or | Barney Ronay

The brilliant Croat has been the driving force behind Croatia’s run to the final. Now he deserves to dethrone Messi and Ronaldo as the finest player on the planetWelcome to the Modric supremacy. Yes, it has been a while. But we’re here now. For Luka Mo…

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Croatia motivated by England’s lack of respect, says Luka Modric

• Real Madrid midfielder says media underestimated his side• ‘They should be more humble and respect their opponents’Luka Modric has accused English journalists and pundits of showing a lack of respect to Croatia’s players and admitted his teammates ha…

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Luka Modric: miracle worker who reminds us space and time do exist

At a World Cup where everyone with the ball seems to be in a hurry, the Croatia midfielder’s intelligence and gifts stand out – as does his dignityEngland want to change at last. The huge weight of English footballing culture makes it difficult for the…

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England ‘excited not nervous’ as they face moment of truth in Moscow | Daniel Taylor

Much has been said about this new England side but, if they can beat Croatia on Wednesday to reach the World Cup final, they would probably take even that in their strideThe last time England had this kind of rare opportunity Bobby Robson was being dri…

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Croatia’s Luka Modric admits he would prefer to face the old England | David Hytner

Croatia’s captain believes the new-found unity of the England team will make them difficult opponents, unlike in the pastWhen Luka Modric moved to Tottenham Hotspur in 2008 England had endured a summer without tournament football, having missed out on …

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Luka Modric: ‘We expect a difficult, demanding match against England’

• Croatia captain hails his side’s character after shootout win• Manager Zlatko Dalic breaks down in tears after dramatic winLuka Modric admitted a second, draining extra time and penalties victory in less than a week had taken a toll on Croatia but in…

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Croatia fired by desire to rescue Luka Modric, reveals Ivan Rakitic

• Rakitic explains what he told squad before Denmark shootout• Togetherness is source of power, he says, before Russia matchIvan Rakitic says that the Croatia’s squad desire to dig Luka Modric out of a hole was the catalyst for their last-16 victory ov…

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‘Now we can forget Turkey’: Modric and Croatia lay ghost of 2008 to rest

After game with eerie parallels to the one that haunted a nation, captain wants cathartic Denmark win to unburden an able sideLuka Modric’s mind went back to Euro 2008. Everybody’s in Croatia did. The midfielder had blown a 117th-minute penalty to win …

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Croatia’s Luka Modric fluffs big line but still prevails in duel with Eriksen | Kieran Pender

Real playmaker’s class is evident, though not everything went perfectly when he faced his Danish successor at TottenhamLeafy Nizhny Novgorod, at the confluence of the Oka and Volga rivers, has witnessed geniuses in action before. Maxim Gorky, a five-ti…

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Croatia’s Luka Modric: ‘It is only right there are great expectations of us’

• Pressure on a high-quality squad to get out of the group stage• ‘We won’t give up on attacking football,’ Zlatko Dalic saysCroatia enter the World Cup on Saturday, their Golden Generation beginning what is surely a last quest towards making an impact…

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How Luka Modric and Dejan Lovren got caught up in Croatian corruption case

Modric is facing the prospect of jail time while Lovren could be charged over a scandal that has taken down Zdravko Mamic – the most powerful figure in Croatian footballOn Wednesday afternoon, Zdravko Mamic, considered the most powerful figure in Croat…