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Here are some quotes from Modric: “It’s an unbelievable feeling, and a big pleasure to be here among all these players.
“I am still trying to realise that I have become part of a group of exceptional players. To win means I did something really special on the pitch this year, that’s why 2018 was the year for me.”
Here’s more on the moment Ada Hegerberg, upon being crowned the best female footballer on the planet, was asked to “twerk” on stage by DJ Martin Solveig. Her reaction says it all, I think.