Tuesday, 20 November, 2018

Modric hoping to complete Federation Internationale de Football Association and UEFA double at Best Awards

Real Madrid and Croatia midfielder Luka Modric speaks after winning the trophy for the Best Fifa Men's Player of 2018 Award during The Best Fifa Football Awards ceremony in London Ronaldo, Messi to miss FIFA The Best awards
Cassandra Gardner | 24 September, 2018, 23:22

Debate is guaranteed, particularly after Ronaldo's unannounced absence in Monaco for UEFA's award ceremony - when he discovered that he was not the player of the year.

The 33-year-old was voted Player of the Tournament in Russian Federation as well as at the FIFA Club World Cup - with the latter one of his four trophies in addition to the UEFA Champions League, the UEFA Super Cup and the Supercopa de Espana.

The 2017-18 campaign was another standout season for Portugal forward Ronaldo.

Ronaldo and Messi have both won the award five times each, but the Portuguese's only rivals to this year's gong are his former Real Madrid team-mate Luka Modric and Liverpool's Mohamed Salah. Portugal suffered a disappointing last-16 exit from the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation, after which he moved to Juventus in a 112 million euros (£99.2m) transfer.

"He deserves it because he was the best player in the Club World Cup and the best player in the World Cup".

Modric becomes the first Croatian player to win the award after an outstanding year for club and country.

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Salah on his part set a new Premier League goals record last term and also powered the Reds to their first UCL final in 11 years.

However, a shoulder injury suffered early on in the final robbed him of the chance to help Liverpool lift the trophy and also meant he wasn't in peak condition to lead Egypt's World Cup bid.

Meanwhile, Ronaldo will not be able to travel because of his commitments at Juventus.

Messi's solitary World Cup goal against Nigeria and Ronaldo's spectacular overhead kick against his future employers in the Champions League quarter-finals are two of 10 goals on the shortlist, also including Gareth Bale's acrobatic strike for Real in the Champions League final.

Real Madrid's Thibaut Courtois was voted the best goalkeeper.

In the women's category, Lyon duo Ada Hegerberg and Dzsenifer Marozsan will fight with Orlando Pride's Marta for the crown, whilst the coaching award will be for Lyon's Reynald Pedros, Japan's Asako Takakura or the Netherlands' Sarina Weigman.

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