Croatia and Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric named world's best player


The Egyptian was named in the final three of the FIFA Best Men's Player award with Cristiano Ronaldo and Luka Modric.

Meanwhile, Brazil worldwide Marta was named as the best Female player of the year after winning the 2018 women's Copa America with her country.

Modric believes he had the standout year of his career, winning the Champions League with Madrid and captaining Croatia to the final of the World Cup.

The Best FIFA Men's Player 2018 will be revealed at a ceremony in London on Monday night.

In his speech, the former Spurs maestro thanked his teammates and family in English, Spanish and Croatian, and said he was proud to receive this prize in front of FIFA's deputy general secretary Zvonimir Boban, a star of Croatia's 1998 World Cup side. Ronaldo also scored a memorable hat-trick in the FIFA World Cup but did not progress beyond the round of 16.

"These things were not a burden, they only further motivated me", Modric said at the World Cup. "You don't have to be a strapping lad to play football".

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Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has won the Best Men's Award for the last three years but looks like he and Lionel Messi are absent for tonight's grand award ceremony. She also scored 13 goals as Orlando Pride reached the NWSL playoffs.

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.

No French player was on the shortlist but Didier Deschamps was voted manager of the year after becoming only the third man to win the World Cup as a player and coach.

The prestigious award has been presented to a male player every year since Stanley Matthews won the inaugural accolade in 1956.

Here is the Salah strike that won the top prize.

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. Lennart missed a game for VVV-Venlo against PSV Eindhoven to donate stem cells to try and help a Leukaemia patient.