Luka Modric was brought down to earth with a bump just hours after being named the world’s best player as
The Croatian midfield maestro could only watch on as Andre Silva gave Sevilla the perfect start against the European champions and joint league leaders by scoring from close range in the 17th minute after a mix-up between Real’s out-of-form defender Marcelo and midfielder Casemiro.
AC Milan loanee Silva pounced four minutes later after poor goalkeeping from Thibaut Courtois, netting for the sixth time this season and moving above Lionel Messi as the top scorer in Spain, although Gareth Bale almost pulled one back for Real when his shot struck the post.
Luka Modric was named the world’s best player on Monday but his return to action 48 hours later did not quite go to plan
The midfielder could only watch on the European champions slumped to defeat in Seville on Wednesday night
Modric had a goal disallowed for offside before being booked for dissent and then substituted with 19 minutes still to play
Sevilla were relentless throughout the first half and after Franco Vazquez hit the bar, striker Wissam Ben Yedder scored in the 39th minute for his sixth goal in a week.
Modric thought he had given his side hope of mounting a comeback by clipping the ball over the goalkeeper in the 53rd minute but his effort was ruled out for offside.
Modric’s frustration was compounded by a booking for dissent in the 65th minute before he was taken off six minutes later.
Andre Silva gave Sevilla the perfect start by scoring from close range after a mix-up between Marcelo and Casemiro
AC Milan loanee Silva netted his sixth of the season after goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois could only parry a shot
Modric had been named the world’s best male player at the Best Fifa Football Awards in London on Monday
The Real Madrid midfielder beat former team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo, now with Juventus, and Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah to the award.
The 33-year-old won his third Champions League title in a row in May and guided Croatia to their first World Cup final in July.
Real’s wretched night continued as Marcelo then limped off, casting doubt on his chances in playing in Saturday’s derby against Atletico Madrid.
The timing of Marcelo’s injury also went against Real, who had to play the final few minutes with 10 men as coach Julen Lopetegui had already made the maximum three substitutions.
Gareth Bale holds his head in his hands as Real Madrid were stunned by a three-goal salvo in the first-half in Seville
Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos did not enjoy his return to his former club as his side suffered a shock defeat
Sevilla striker Wissam Ben Yedder scored from close range in the 39th minute to claim his sixth goal in a week