Luka Modric said Cristiano Ronaldo sent him a textual content message telling him he deserved to win UEFA’s Player of the year award.

Modric been given the honour previous 7 days, edging out Ronaldo and Mohamed Salah, following profitable the Champions League with Madrid and encouraging Croatia reach the World Cup final. He also joined Ronaldo and Salah on the shortlist for the FIFA Player of the 12 months award on Monday.

Ronaldo, who did not display up to the ceremony, was striving to win UEFA’s award for the third consecutive year.

“I have a fantastic connection with Ronaldo,” Modric explained to RTP3 following Croatia’s 1-1 draw with Portugal on Thursday. “It’s still the exact. For me, the personal awards are significant, but the collective kinds are more significant than personal kinds. I’m not obsessed with these. We have now spoken.

“He sent me a message to congratulate me. He said he was satisfied for me and that I deserved it. He also said he would like to see me soon. That’s it. We have a fantastic connection.”

Agent Jorge Mendes said it was a disgrace that Ronaldo did not win the UEFA award and still left all through the ceremony, though he claimed he did so to have a tendency to transfer business.

“He scored fifteen goals, and carried Madrid on his again to win an additional Champions League,” Mendes said at the time. “It’s just ridiculous — a disgrace. There is no doubt about the winner. He is the best in his position.”

Zlatko Dalic, Croatia’s coach, said previously this 7 days he would not want Ronaldo on his team because of his ego, but clarified on Thursday that he did not signify his assert to sound detrimental.

Ronaldo is just one of the best players in the world, in my viewpoint,” Dalic said. “This was section of my remedy to the question because Ronaldo was not at the award ceremony. I said that it was a little bit egocentric, but the real truth is that I didn’t want to sound detrimental. I was misunderstood.”

Meanwhile, former Juventus striker David Trezeguet said he believes Ronaldo’s scoring touch will come the moment he entirely adjusts to lifestyle at his new club.

“A champion of that degree looks to score as significantly as possible and he is working for that,” Trezeguet explained to Sky Sport Italia. “He is just getting to know his teammates and taking on board the procedures of his new coach. He’ll score once more because he is extraordinary. I hope he’ll do it rapidly for the fantastic of Juventus. He is really calm because the team is profitable and has to carry on acquiring with him.”