Luka Modric named best male player at Best Fifa Football Awards

Ross Houston
September 25, 2018

Ronaldo was shortlisted but also didn't turn up at the ceremony to be dethroned in person by his former Real Madrid teammate.

Real Madrid and Croatia midfielder Luka Modric has won the Men's Best Player Award.

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

Ronaldo and Messi had won every FIFA World Player of the Year award, which was renamed the FIFA Ballon d'Or in 2010 and The Best in 2016, since 2007 when Kaka was victorious.

It was an interesting night in London as the football elite gathered together for the third edition of The Best FIFA Football Awards.


For the first time in 12 years, Messi was not among the finalists with third place going to Salah for his incredible 44-goal debut season with Liverpool that carried the Reds to the Champions League final.

The Fifa Fan Award went to Peru's supporters who caused absolute scenes (in a good way) in Russian Federation this summer as the national team made their way to their first World Cup tournament in 36 years.

However, neither's accomplishments were enough to take home the prize, with Ronaldo missing the event as Juventus are preparing for a match against Bologna on Wednesday.

In the vote chosen by the fans, Mo Salah was awarded the FIFA Puskas Award for Goal of the Year for his exceptional individual goal against Everton for Liverpool.

Salah scored a record 32 goals in a 38-game English Premier League and helped Liverpool reach its first Champions League final in 11 years.


Earlier, NAIJ.com had reported how Real Madrid star Luka Modric was also named as the UEFA Champions League player of the year at a ceremony held in Monaco, France on Thursday evening, August 30.

"The first thing I want say is congratulations to [Mohamed] Salah and Cristiano [Ronaldo] for their great seasons".

Deschamps' victory was the second straight year a French coach has won the award.

The world governing body also awards a trophy to the best female player at its rebranded Best Fifa Football Awards.

Thibaut Courtois added the Federation Internationale de Football Association goalkeeper award to the Golden Glove he collected in Russia for helping Belgium to third place with three clean sheets.


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