Croatia captain, Luka Modric on Monday scooped The Best FIFA Men’s Player (Award) of The Best FIFA Football Awards 2018 in London, United Kingdom.

The midfielder beat Cristiano Ronaldo and Mohamed Salah to collect the crown.

In the process, Modric becomes the first player other than Ronaldo and Lionel Messi to lift FIFA’s The Best award since Ricardo Kaka won it in 2007, ending the 10-year reign of the distinguished duo.

The ceremony – which took place at the Royal Festival Hall, England – is the third since the FIFA award once again split from France Football’s Ballon d’Or prize in 2016. The Best nominee, Ronaldo was absent as his club, Juventus have a Serie A match on Wednesday.

Brazil’s Marta won the Women’s Best Player award seeing off Ada Hegerberg and Dzsenifer Marozsán. Being named the best player in the world for a sixth time means no player in history (male or female) has more world player of the year awards than her.

The event was attended by a host of football stars past and present, including Ronaldinho, Didier Drogba, Ronaldo Nazario, Michael Ballack, Edwin van der Sar, Dani Alves, Sergio Ramos, Kylian Mbappé and Eden Hazard with winners decided by a jury of club and international coaches, media representatives and fans.

Egyptian superstar, Salah won the Puskas Award for goal of the year.

The Liverpool forward’s brilliant goal against Everton at Anfield last season beat off competition from Ronaldo’s against Juventus and Messi’s against the Super Eagles of Nigeria.

Croatia manager, Zlatko Dalić was shortlisted for men’s coach of the year but the 51 year old, who guided The Blazers to the final of the World Cup, just under one year being in charge, lost out to Didier Deschamps.

Deschamps became the third man to win the World Cup as a player and manager as France beat Croatia in the World Cup final in July.

Meanwhile Real Madrid boasted another winner in London, as their goalkeeper, Thibaut Courtois won the best goalkeeper prize.

Courtois was instrumental as Belgium finished third at Russia 2018, particularly putting in an eye-catching performance versus Brazil in the knockout stage.

The 26-year-old held off competition from fellow nominees Kasper Schmeichel of Leicester City and the Danish national team and Hugo Lloris of Tottenham Hotspur and France.

Other Winners From The Best FIFA Football Awards 2018

The Best FIFA Women’s Coach – Reynald Pedros

FIFA Fair Play Award – Lennart Thy

FIFA Fan Award – Peru fans

FIFA FIFPro World11 – David de Gea, Dani Alves, Raphaël Varane, Sergio Ramos, Marcelo, Luka Modrić, N’Golo Kanté, Eden Hazard, Kylian Mbappé, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.


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