Messi Among 29 Percent Voters Who Opted For Modric — FIFA Awards

Marcus Newton
September 25, 2018

Luka Modric and Marta have scooped the player of the year awards at the FIFA Best ceremony in London. "First of all I would like to congratulate Mohamed and Cristiano", said Modric on collecting the award.

France boss Didier Deschamps was recognized as the best men's coach after leading his country to a World Cup win, 20 years after he'd won the tournament as a player.

His World Cup campaign was marked by drama off the pitch.

But people were left bemused and furious by the verdict which saw Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo's stunning overhead kicks in the Champions League for Real Madrid get overlooked.

Growing up during the Balkans war, Modric experienced its toll firsthand. "I am sure in the future you will have another opportunity to fight for this trophy".

Mohamed Salah celebrates his Puskas-winning goal against Everton. The event took place in London on Monday evening.

"I´m still not realising how good a year I had collectively, individually, and I´m very proud for everything I achieved this year and it will be remembered forever".

"This trophy is also for my family, without whom I would not be the player and person that I am".

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The Los Blancos midfielder was awarded the Golden Ball for being the best player at the World Cup in Russian Federation earlier in the summer and added to his collection by becoming the Champions League's Midfielder of the Season on Monday evening, beating his teammate Toni Kroos and Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne.

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 best goal category - established in 2009 - is inclusive of women, but none appeared on the top 10 list this year. It is my teammates from Real Madrid and Croatia.

Ronaldo's former teammate, Sergio Ramos, said it would have been nice if the pair attended.

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

Ronaldo was also heavily tipped for the award after winning his the fifth European title of his career last season, though was not present at the ceremony due to an upcoming midweek fixture with his new club Juventus.

Messi and Ronaldo were the only winners of world soccer's main individual award from Federation Internationale de Football Association in various guises since 2008, both winning five titles each.

The awards were held for the third year running after football's governing body ended its six-year association with the Ballon d'Or.

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