Tuesday, 20 November, 2018

Luka Modric wins Fifa Best Player 2018 Award

Modric beats Ronaldo & Salah to be named FIFA's The Best 2018 | BellaNaija Luka Modric named best male player at Best Fifa Football Awards
Cassandra Gardner | 25 September, 2018, 04:39

Luka Modric ended Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi's decade-long domination of football's individual awards by being crowned FIFA's best player of the year on Monday.

Mohamed Salah took the 2017/18 Puskás Award at FIFA's The Best Ceremony in London on Monday everning.

The 33-year-old, joined Juventus this summer for a club record £100 million deal, after playing a crucial role in helping Real Madrid win a third straight Champions League title last season, his fifth in total, with 15 goals in the tournament.

Modric goes up against former Real team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo for the gong, as well as Liverpool star Mohamed Salah, who controversially won the Puskas award for the best goal.

Asked if he had spoken to his former Madrid team-mate Ronaldo, UEFA Men's Player of the Year Modric said: "No".

Do you think Modric deserved to beat Ronaldo and Salah to the award?

The Croatia captain enjoyed a stunning World Cup in Russian Federation earlier this year and was awarded the accolade at a Gala event in London tonight.

France boss Didier Deschamps picked up the best manager award after guiding his nation to their second World Cup victory. This trophy is not just mine but for all my teammates from Real Madrid, my Croatia national teammates, my coaches and my family.

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"Thanks to my fans for all the great support and love they are showing me".

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.

Salah's goal in Liverpool's 1-1 draw against Everton was a mixture of strength and footwork.

Modric is arguably in pole position for the main award after winning the Golden Ball at this summer's World Cup in Russian Federation where Croatia finished runners-up.

Belgian Thibaut Courtois, a recent Real Madrid transfer from Chelsea, won the best goalkeeper award.

"I don't want to enter into the debate of whether it is deserved or not", he said.

Many believed the striker should not have even been nominated for the prestigious award, such was the goals mundanity compared to the others.

For winning the award, the elated champion said he will continue to give his best in the round leather game, while acknowledging his national teammates and Ream Madrid players for their contributions to his football career growth.

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