The choice to give the Croatia international the award caused a stir, but the Blancos defender has backed his team-mate over the Juventus forward
However, Ramos believes that Modric, who played a key role in the club’s Champions League victory, deserved the award over the Portuguese.
“There are few players that I am as proud of having in my team as [Modric],” said Ramos, per the Daily Mail .
“He is a great friend and a great player. He is one of the few players who [if he wins] would make me as happy as if they had given it to me.”
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Ramos also appeared to take a dig at Ronaldo in claiming that Modric is more unassuming than the Juve striker, who has yet to score a goal in Serie A.
“Maybe there are players with more marketing, with a bigger name but Modric deserves that award,” he added.
Modric has so far appeared in all three of Real’s La Liga games thus far, laying on an assist in the 4-1 thumping of Leganes.