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Real Madrid midfielder, Luka Modric, has said he would have liked Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi to be present at the FIFA Best Men’s Player award.

Modric took the prize ahead of Ronaldo and Mohamed Salah at an event in London, but the Juventus forward and Messi skipped Monday’s awards ceremony.

Everyone has their own reasons.

“Obviously, I would have liked them to be here but they aren’t,” the Croatia captain said.

Asked if he had spoken to his former Madrid team-mate Ronaldo, Modric said: “No.”

“He sent me a message the day of the UEFA prize but nothing yet,” he added.

“I don’t have my phone with me now so maybe he has [sent a message].”

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