Luka Modric named best male player at Best Fifa Football Awards

Luka Modric is the first player since Kaka in 2007 to beat Ronaldo and Messi to the top prize

New Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo has also unsurprisingly made it into the prestigious 11 after another great year in Europe with Madrid, and French prodigy Kylian Mbappe would join him after a World Cup-winning summer.

Luka Modric and Marta have scooped the player of the year awards at the FIFA Best ceremony in London.

The best goalkeeper award will be fought for between Thibaut Courtois, Kasper Schmeichel and Hugo Lloris.

Modric's success means Ronaldo remains tied with Messi having won FIFA's award in different guises five times each.

The Real Madrid and Croatia star took the prize ahead of Ronaldo and Mohamed Salah in London, but the Juventus forward and Messi skipped Monday's awards ceremony.

After Gianluigi Buffon picked up the inaugural The Best FIFA Goalkeeper Award at last year's ceremony, Thibaut Courtois was crowned his replacement after the now Real Madrid man's outstanding year with Chelsea and stunning performances at Russian Federation 2018.

Here is the Salah strike that won the top prize.

Luka Modric Didier Deschamps and Marta pose with their awards
Luka Modric Didier Deschamps and Marta pose with their awards

Luka Modric is expected to win the award, according to reports in Spain.

"I would like to thank those who voted for me".

In other categories, the Best Coach award looks destined for Didier Deschamp after his World Cup victory with France, though there is also competition from Zinedine Zidane to retain his crown. He then led Croatia to their first ever World Cup final in Russian Federation, which they lost 4-2 to France. The last player to win it outside of the pair was when Kaka was selected in 2007.

"I've always wanted to see a woman win this prestigious award", Brazil worldwide Marta told France Football.

"We all know that being a coach, alone we can't do anything".

"We are nothing without our players and I want to thank my whole team who worked to get me here and get me this trophy tonight".

The famous Ballon d'Or, handed out by France Football, will be announced later in the year. It is for my Real Madrid team-mates, the Croatia national team and all my coaches.


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