Luka Modric, who won the balloon d & # 39; Or, unavoidably saved Manchester United from having to part with £ 7.2m.
The Real Madrid midfielder won the coveted award for the first time on Monday evening following a brilliant season in which he won the Champions League trophy and led Croatia to the World Cup finals.
Modric won the "Best FIFA Player of the Year Award" award and was also the favorite to win the balloon d & # 39; Or.
Manchester United's Anthony Martial never stood in the race for the award. The five-time winner Cristiano Ronaldo was second in the race and Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann finished third.
Had Martial drawn the prize this season, the Red Devils would have paid his former club Monaco 7.2 million pounds.
The reason for this is that the two clubs were annoyed when signing a Martial agreement in 2015 with a special clause.
The clause that would be triggered if Martial wins the d & # 39; or balloon by 2019 would cause United to receive a £ 7.2m check from the French club.
While United has dodged the ball this year, Martial has yet another chance to win the d & # 39; Or balloon before the end of 2019.
However, it takes a lot for the French international to achieve this.