UEFA have announced their Men’s Player of the Year nominees for the 2017/18 season.
The winner will be named – along with the UEFA Women’s Player of the Year and UEFA Champions League positional award winners – during the group stage draw in Monaco on Thursday 30 August.
Modric comes in as the favourite for this year’s award after steering Madrid to a record third-straight Champions League crown in Kiev, and guiding Croatia to the World Cup final where they were beaten by France.
The 32-year-old also scooped the Fifa Golden Ball prize for his efforts in Russia.
Despite being 33, Cristiano Ronaldo remains a formidable candidate for the top honours after becoming a Champions League winner for a record fifth time and UEFA Champions League top scorer for the sixth campaign running.
Egypt and Liverpool talisman Mohamed Salah will fancy his chances for a maiden honour after a stellar campaign with the Reds.
The 26-year-old netted 10 times during Liverpool’s buccaneering run to the Champions League final and shattered all records in his first term at Liverpool.