"I didn't expect it for either of them [to leave]", Modric told France Football.
"I did not think that Zidane was going to go, nor Ronaldo", he told L'Equipe.
"In fact when the rumours about Cristiano appeared, we had bets among ourselves and we were certain he would stay, but everyone makes their own decisions".
Modric has just started his seventh season in the Spanish capital following his 2012 switch from Tottenham Hotspur. "If you play three balls into him, he will hit all three".
Many believe that Griezmann, Mbappe and Varane are the favourites of the French players to win the award, and Modric is siding with the Atletico Madrid man.
He admits to having been left stunned by the departure of a legendary boss and five-time Ballon d'Or victor, telling France Football: "I wasn't expecting either of the two to go; I didn't think Zidane would leave and the same with Ronaldo".
"The important thing for me is to be in the field as I have been for months, this year 2018 has undoubtedly been the best of my career and my only goal is to continue at this level". "It's in their hands".
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"Mbappe is an extraordinary talent, a magnificent promise for the future", Modric said.
"He's really very special".
The Italian coach, who worked with "Pipita" in 2007 at Real Madrid, said that the Argentine is a player with great 'human qualities, ' in addition to having great technical capabilities. "I'm sure Kylian is going to keep improving".