Midfield powerhouse and Croatia captain Luka Modric has been voted the best player in Europe last season.
He was voted as the winner of the UEFA award even ahead of his former Real Madrid teammate Cristiano Ronaldo and Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah.
Modric helped Madrid win a third straight Champions League title, and fourth in five seasons, before leading his country to the World Cup final.
Croatia lost 4-2 against France.
Voting was by Champions League coaches and invited journalists across Europe.
Meanwhile, Madrid dominated the overall election for best player in last season’s Champions League after goalkeeper Keylor Navas, defender Sergio Ramos, midfielder Modric and forward Ronaldo won the individual positional prizes.
Ronaldo has since made a switch to the Serie A where he now plays for Juventus.
The best women’s player award was won by Pernille Harder of Denmark and Wolfsburg.