Cristiano Ronaldo has been the subject to a lot of bad publicity after his decision to snub the UEFA awards then followed by outbursts from both his agent, Jorge Mendes, and his sister. Luka Modric cleared some of the tension with his words after the Croatia vs Portugal match on Thursday, “Cristiano Ronaldo sent me a message to congratulate me on winning the UEFA Best Player Award. He told me he was happy for me and that I deserved it and he wants to see me soon.” Despite some reports, there is no bad blood between the two and Ronaldo himself sent a personal message to his former teammate.
Luka Modric reiterated the fact that both he and Ronaldo maintain a good relationship while emphasizing the importance of the collective, “I have a good relationship with Cristiano Ronaldo. We will continue to do so, nothing will change. The individual awards are important, but the most important is the group. I am happy to be in the list for The Best. The players and coaches decide, so we will see.” FIFA will hold “The Best” award gala on September 24th, two interesting sub-plots to note will be whether Ronaldo makes an appearance and how he reacts if Luka Modric ends up winning again. If his text message is anything to go by, he will be a gracious loser.