The Croatian beat Ronaldo, last year's victor, who moved to Juventus in July after helping his team win the Champions League final in Kiev against Salah's Liverpool. The Croatian led a night in which Madrid players scooped one award after the other - Keylor Navas, Sergio Ramos and Cristiano Ronaldo were also among the players feted, winning awards for excelling in their respective positions.
Paul Pogba will also go up against his former team as United and Juve were drawn alongside Young Boys and Valencia, with the Spanish club tipped to cause some problems.
Luka also won the award for the "Best Midfielder of Champions League" in the 2017/18 season, reports Index.hr on August 30, 2018.
"Cristiano is the best player in the history of football".
Earlier, NAIJ.com had reported how Juventus and Portugal global Cristiano Ronaldo made the final three man shortlist of players that fought for the 2017/18 UEFA player of the year award.
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Three-time defending champion Real Madrid will start its quest for a record-extending 14th European title in Group G with Roma, CSKA Moscow and Viktoria Plzen.
"We want to respect that". He is the second "Eastern European" player who has entered the FIFPro World XI, the best team in the world.
The vote was decided by 60 Champions League and Europa League coaches as well as 55 journalists from across Europe.
Their first-place finish in the Premier League meant a top-seed draw for this season's Champions League group stage.
Last season's beaten finalists Liverpool find themselves in arguably the toughest pool of all, alongside Paris Saint-Germain, Napoli and Red Star Belgrade.
But it was less so for another German club, with Dortmund coming up against Monaco and Atletico Madrid in Group A, along with Club Brugge.