Modric and Marta scoop Federation Internationale de Football Association player of the year awards

Jo Caldwell
September 25, 2018

Croatia captain Luka Modrić has capped off an unbelievable year by winning The Best FIFA Men's Player for 2018 at a ceremony in London on Monday night.

The Real Madrid and Croatia star took the prize ahead of Ronaldo and Mohamed Salah in London, but the Juventus forward and Messi skipped Monday's awards ceremony.

Modric beat off competition from Egypt and Liverpool's Mohamed Salah and his former teammate and Portuguese captain Cristiano Ronaldo.

Salah hinted that he was surprised that he has won the Puskas Award.

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As Spain captain, Ramos had a vote for the award and went with Modric as his choice, followed by their ex team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi third.

After Salah was announced as the victor, social media users tweeted a collective outpouring of confusion, with some saying it was the "worst Puskas goal ever".

"Two guys we don't know", actor Idris Elba, who hosted the show, said after revealing the world XI of the year and highlighting the absence of Messi and Ronaldo in the room.

Many assumed Gareth Bale would walk away with the award after his stunning overhead kick for Real Madrid against Liverpool, arguably the greatest goal in Champions League history. "So many people have come together and so many have supported me", said Modric.

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Meanwhile, Modric led Croatia to the final and collected the Golden Ball award.

France World Cup winning coach Didier Deschamps won the coach of the year for men, while Reynald Pedros was crowned the women's best coach of the year for guiding Lyon women's team to the double with Champions League and league successes.

"I'm very happy and very proud", he said at the podium.

Elsewhere, Belgium stopper Thibaut Courtois won the Best FIFA goalkeeper award.

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"We are nothing without our players and I want to thank my whole team who worked to get me here and get me this trophy tonight".

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