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Luka Modric Edges Ronaldo, Salah To Win FIFA Men's Best Player Award

Written By Dylan Dsouza | Mumbai | Published:

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  • Luka Modric was announced The Best Men's Player of the Year at the FIFA Football Awards ceremony awards ceremony held in London.
  • There was further reason for the Croatian to smile on the night, as he was also included in the FIFA FIFPro World XI

Luka Modric was announced The Best Men's Player of the Year at the FIFA Football Awards ceremony awards ceremony held in London. The Real Madrid play-maker beat the likes of new Juventus boy Cristiano Ronaldo and Liverpool star Mohammed Salah to win the accolade. 

The Croatian has enjoyed a stellar season for both club and country. Luka Modric was instrumental towards securing Real Madrid their third consecutive Champions League title. The midfielder produced endless brilliant displays and was one of the best players in the tournament, including in the final against Liverpool.

The 32-year-old carried his form into the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, where he was awarded the Golden Ball for his performances after leading his country to its first ever finals, but eventually finished runners-up after been beaten 4-2 by winners France.

There was further reason for Luka Modric to smile on the night, as he was also included in the FIFA FIFPro World XI. The 13-time European champions, Real Madrid swept another individual prize with new signing and former Chelsea shot-stopper, Thibaut Courtois, picking up The Best FIFA Goalkeeper award.

Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo missing out on another individual award this season has garnered particular attention. However, the Juventus attacker and former Real Madrid player was included in the FIFA FIFPro World XI. Completing the lineup were, David de Gea, Dani Alves, Raphael Varane, Sergio Ramos, Marcelo, Modric, N'Golo Kante, Eden Hazard, Kylian Mbappe, and Lionel Messi. 

Liverpool's Mohammed Salah, was awarded a consolation for his record-breaking 2017-18 season, scoring 44 goals for the Merseyside club. The Egyptian picked up the FIFA Puskas award for the goal he scored against Everton. In case you missed it, here's a video of the goal. 

Brazila women's national team superstar and Orlando Pride forward Marta was named for the The Best Women's player of the Year for a record sixth time. Other winners include France national team coach Didier Deschamps, who was awarded The Best Men's Coach of the Year, for leading the Les Blues to World Cup glory. While Lyon manager Reynald Pedro picked up The Best Women's Coach of the Year.

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