Isco calls for Modric to win Ballon d'Or after Champions League win
Luka Modric should win the 2018 Ballon d'Or, according to Real Madrid team-mate Isco.
Modric shone as Madrid opened their latest Champions League title defence by beating Roma 3-0 at the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday.
Isco's free-kick gave Madrid the lead in the Group G clash before Modric's brilliant pass sent Gareth Bale through to add a second, with substitute Mariano Diaz on target in stoppage time.
Modric won the Golden Ball for his performances at the World Cup, where the midfielder led Croatia to a surprise appearance in the final.
And Isco believes further individual honours should follow for Modric, who has now set up 12 goals for Bale, more than anyone else in the Wales star's career.
"Modric gives us a lot every game," Isco said to Movistar of Modric, who was linked with Inter during the transfer window.
"He's fundamental for us. hopefully we can all be at his level.
"He deserves the Ballon d'Or, he's a unique player."
12 - Luka Modrić has assisted Gareth Bale’s 12 goals, more than any other player in his professional career (clubs + Wales). Connection. pic.twitter.com/SuHAjcaMDf— OptaJose (@OptaJose) September 19, 2018
Although it took until shortly before half-time for Madrid to break the deadlock, Isco bending in a superb free-kick, the result was thereafter never in doubt.
But even though Julen Lopetegui collected three points on his first Champions League game in charge, Isco feels there is more to come from Madrid.
"We are very happy, it is a strong result with a very good game, we could have scored more," Isco added.
"We have to keep improving, we just started and we have time to correct the small mistakes."
Daniele De Rossi fouled Isco for Madrid's opening goal and the Roma captain accepted his side, semi-finalists last term, had been outplayed as Eusebio Di Francesco's men saw their winless run stretch to four games
"You always get demoralised when playing against a team that forces you to run and run without seeing the ball," De Rossi told Sky Sport Italia. "We had the chances to be dangerous on the counter, but they have very good defenders as well as forwards, so it wasn't easy to score.
"They are strong, but we have to remember our own strength and show it once more. We can only work hard, focus on Bologna [on Sunday] and not anything else. We need points in Serie A and that will be a tough game."