Nike Release Classic Mercurials Vapors In Honour Of Luka Modrić Winning Ballon d'Or

Nike might have just dropped the hottest boots of 2018 following Luka Modric's Ballon d'Or win on Monday night and I've got my footwear sorted for my next night out.

Reminiscent of the old mercurials both Didier Drogba and Cristiano Ronaldo wore back in the Premier League glory days, the 'Golden Touch' edition introduces a clean design in silver with a black and gold outline, fitting of Modric's historic and deserved win.

The Nike Mercurial Vapor XII will be available to buy from today onward but you'll have to be quick.

There are only 1,500 pairs available per model, according to FootyHeadlines.

Just look at the detailing in these boots. Absolutely stunning.

Luka Modric picked up his first Balon d'Or prize, becoming the first player in history to be awarded the World Cup Golden Ball, UEFA Men's Player, FIFA Best Men's Player and Ballon d'Or in the same year, and fair play to the guy.

It has an incredible journey for the 33-year-old.

At the age of six, Luka Modric's life was rocked to the core. He was made a refugee after his grandfather was shot dead by ethnic Serb rebels close to his home. It was a moment that would live with him forever.

In the coming years, he would live in a warzone and grow up to the sound of grenades exploding as conflict went on.

He soon fled Croatia after his house was burned down but despite the troubles in his life, football was an escape for Modric.

He eventually moved into a hotel in the coastal town of Zadar, a place where war was still ongoing.

That didn't stop him from pursuing his dream, though.

A spokesman for the Kolovare Hotel, where Modric lived as a youngster, once said via The Daily Mail: "He had broken more glass on the hotel windows than what the bombs had hit. He was playing non-stop football all around the hotel halls."

Football also had its obstacles.

Coaches said he was 'too weak and too shy' to play football but as we all know, his career fledged into something rather special. He has since played in the Premier League with Tottenham and enjoyed a hugely successful spell with Real Madrid, establishing himself as one of the best midfielders in world football.

In addition to that, he's the man who ended 10 years of Ballon d'Or dominance from Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi by scooping this year's prize at a ceremony in Paris.

Consistent as ever, he was integral to Real Madrid winning their third Champions League in a row under Zinedine Zidane thanks to a 3-1 win over Liverpool in Kiev.

He then followed that up by captaining Croatia to the World Cup final for the first time in their history - deservedly winning the Golden Ball for the tournament thanks to his incredible displays in the middle of the park.

What a journey.

Jack Kenmare

Jack Kenmare is a writer at SPORTbible. He's interviewed some huge names in the world of sport, including Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Pele, Carles Puyol and Tim Henman. He dabbles in all things sport, but football is his biggest passion. He was once hit in the head by a wayward strike from Nicky Butt and lived to tell the tale.

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