Casemiro: "Modric for Ballon d'Or? I'd give it to Cristiano"

Modric has been backed to claim the 2018 Ballon d'Or, having already received UEFA's Player of the Year award after helping Madrid to a third successive Champions League title before reaching the World Cup final with Croatia.

With the Champions League now back, Casemiro returned to the Real Madrid starting eleven.

The hosts saw two chances to take the lead go begging before the 10-minute mark, with Bale firing a low strike just wide of the goal and Isco being stuffed on the doorstep by Robin Olsen after Luka Modric sprang him in the Roma penalty area.

Modric was nominated for FIFA's The Best Men's Player award alongside Ronaldo and Liverpool's Mohamed Salah, with the winner set to be announced on Monday, 24 September.

It would have been a sublime showboater's goal from Asensio - though his manager Julen Lopetegui was less than impressed on the touchline.

After Los Blancos' terrific performance against Roma, the Brazilian spoke to the press and made his feelings on the Ballon d'Or quite clear.

Chelsea superstar Eden Hazard was heavily linked with a move to Real Madrid until the last day of the summer transfer window, but the Belgian star remained at Stamford Bridge and has started to score goals freely.

"You always get demoralised when playing against a team that forces you to run and run without seeing the ball", De Rossi told Sky Sport Italia . We will correct [mistakes], the important thing is to create 30 goal chances.

"In Real Madrid there are many players who may deserve the Ballon d'Or but as a matter of fact Real Madrid is a team that I really like, I love it. They never miss an opportunity whenever they have the ball".

  • Ricardo Clara