He beat Cristiano Ronaldo and Mohamed Salah to win this award.
Modric's contributions were instrumental in Madrid's Champions League trophy capture, and his vast influence in the middle of the park for Croatia led the Vatreni to the World Cup final, where they fell short against champions France. Ronaldo had won the last two UEFA Best Player awards and three out of the last four.
"I have worked hard for this, to get to the highest point possible", said Modric, who starred in the Real side that won the Champions League for the third year running before also leading Croatia to the World Cup final.
Premier League champions, City have been rewarded for their efforts last season.
With fixtures beginning on September 18/19, the Reds will be looking to return from the worldwide break on form and kick off their Champions League campaign with a win.
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"I want to thank everyone who voted for me".
"I always try to improve on what I did the previous season, because matching what Messi and Cristiano do by scoring 50 to 60 goals a year is very hard".
"Real Madrid due to their history and tradition". "We want to be stronger in Europe and we want to have the opportunity to fight for this Champions League". This is for performances in the Champions League and not the World Cup, so we maintain Ronaldo deserved it more.
Group E also has three former European champions - Bayern Munich, Benfica and Ajax Amsterdam - alongside AEK Athens.
"Lyon always have good players and Shakhtar have several Brazilians who know how this game is meant to be played".
Young Boys will be making their debut in the group stage after falling in the playoff round the past two years.