Modric beats Ronaldo, Salah to Federation Internationale de Football Association best player award

Ronaldo, Messi to miss FIFA The Best awards

The Best FIFA Awards 2018: Luka Modrić Named Best Player in the World

Real Madrid's Luka Modric claimed FIFA's The Best award for 2018 to end Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi's decade-long hold on world football's top player prize.

While he has not been among the top scorers, it has been his overall contribution that has seen him take home the prize and the way that he has been able to finish above Ronaldo and Messi is a special feat. I would like to also thank those who voted for more. They are my "the best".

Croatia's captain was an inspirational figure as they surpassed all expectations to reach the World Cup final and also played a big role in Madrid's Champions League and Club World Cup wins.

"He was my big inspiration and that team gave us belief that we could achieve something great in Russian Federation".

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

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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. Hopefully we can be the same for next generations.

Legendary Brazilian forward Marta and first-time nominee Reynald Pedros were rewarded as The Best FIFA Women's Player and Women's coach respectively. "All dreams can come true".

The Portugal star was nominated after playing a vital part in a third successive Champions League title for Real Madrid last season.

However, Portugal's last 16 exit to Uruguay in Russian Federation and Ronaldo's failure to score in the semi-finals or final of the Champions League opened the door for Modric.

The trio made the final shortlist ahead of Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi, despite the 31-year-old winning LaLiga and the Copa del Rey in 2017-18 and finding the net 45 times in all competitions. He recovered in time to represent his country at the World Cup in Russian Federation, but was unable to guide them past the group stages.

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