Modric beat out Mohamed Salah and Ronaldo, who along with Messi did not attend the glitzy awards ceremony.
The host is rocked by a diplomatic crisis
The 25-year-old was instrumental in France's triumph in Russia
"We're so proud of this team, they have truly become our players."
The average age of a fine back four of Benjamin Pavard, Raphael Varane, Samuel Umtiti and Lucas Hernandez is just 23
The coach was about to start speaking when the squad came into the room packed full of journalists at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow