Modric Named World's Best, Ends Ronaldo-Messi Reign

Modric Named World's Best, Ends Ronaldo-Messi Reign

Elsewhere, Brazilian and Orlando Pride star Marta collected the best FIFA Women's Player award after leading Brazil to the Copa America last April.

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.

Luka Modric has broken a decade of award dominance by Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi after being crowned world footballer of the year by Federation Internationale de Football Association, while Marta won the women's award for a sixth time.

Luka Modric beat Cristiano Ronaldo and Mohamed Salah to win the best men's player award at the FIFA Best awards.

In addition to the top player award, Salah's curling, left-footed strike in an October 12, 2017 match against Everton won the Puskas Award for the best goal.

Ten goals were shortlisted for the award, with many pundits predicting a win for Gareth Bale's acrobatic volley in the Champions League final for Real Madrid against Liverpool or Cristiano Ronaldo's similarly memorable overhead kick against Juventus.

Best Goalkeeper award: The best goalkeeper was by Belgian worldwide and Chelsea goalkeeper, Thibaut Courtois.

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Deschamps won the trophy ahead of former club and worldwide team-mate Zinedine Zidane - who won his third successive Champions League title before resigning as Real Madrid manager - and Croatia manager Zlatko Dalic, whose side lost to France in a thrilling final in Moscow. Receiving a pass from right back Joe Gomez, Salah shrugged off Cuca Martina, twisted inside Idrissa Gueye, and curled a left-footed shot around Ashley Williams and into the top corner.

Speaking at the awards ceremony, Salah said: "I am very happy and very proud".

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. I would like to also thank those who voted for more.

A new award, not the same as the Ballon d'Or, will be awarded to the "best" player of the 2017/18 season.

"This trophy is not just mine, it's for all my Real Madrid teammates, for all my teammates from the Croatia national team". All the coaches I have played for, without them this would not be possible, thank you to them.

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.

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