Nike have honoured Luka Modric with a celebratory boot after the Croatian midfielder picked up the 2018 Best Player Award in London last night, ending a decade of domination by Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

First thing's first, this special edition Nike Mercurial Vapor PE "Modric" boot will not be available to buy. Nope, just one pair exist and there's no prize for guessing who they'll be going to. The exclusive boot is a stunning visual treat thanks to its full multi-chrome upper that shines with an iridescent finish to create a boot worthy of the accolade of Best Player.


There's no doubt that the Mercurial design is a fitting signature reward for Modric's new found status, even if we are waking up this morning trying to remember what a non-CR7 or Messi leading world is like to live in. Three Champions League titles in three consecutive years, as well as leading Croatia to their first ever World Cup Final. You can't argue that he's had a strong year. Not bad for a 33 year old, especially when you consider Iniesta and Xavi never won one. All about timing. Still, those Mercurials either side of the trophy will look pretty smart on the Modric family mantelpiece.

Nike have yet to announce whether Modric will wear his special Edition Mercurial. He's perhaps too modest to be singled out. You know for a fact that Cristiano Ronaldo would be wearing them, and them alone, around his house for a fortnight.