A Zagreb court has dropped charges of false corruption testimony against Croatia football captain and Real Madrid midfielder, Luka Modric.
The ruling, which closes the case, comes as Modric hoped to claim the 2018 Ballon d’Or award in Paris on Monday after assisting both his club and country to win the champions league and 2018 World Cup finals in Moscow.
Court spokesman, Kresimir Devcic, on Monday, said: “There is not enough evidence that he (Modric) committed the criminal offence of perjury.”
Earlier, Croatian prosecutors had charged Modric, 33, with committing perjury during evidence he gave in the multi-million-euro corruption trial of former Dinamo Zagreb boss Zdravko Mamic.
Modric testified over the details of his 2008 transfer from Dinamo to Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur and Real Madrid in 2012.
Mamic and three other defendants were found guilty of charges of abuse of power and corruption that cost Dinamo, the current Croatian champions, more than 15 million euros ($17.3 million), and the state 1.5 million euros.
The Zagreb boss, who is currently in hiding in neighbouring Bosnia, was sentenced in recently to six and a half years in jail.
Prosecutors allege cash was embezzled through fictitious deals related to player transfers.