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Luka Modric wins FIFA's The Best player of the season award

Luka Modric wins FIFA's The Best player of the season award

Antoine Griezmann, Harry Kane and Kylian Mbappe make up the rest of the longlist, though Federation Internationale de Football Association world cup finalist and Federation Internationale de Football Association 208 tournament's Best player victor Modric is a clear favourite to grab the coveted award after captaining Croatia to the final of the World Cup as well as having a pivotal role in winning the Champions League with Real Madrid.

The three-man shortlist for the Best FIFA Men's Player Award was announced earlier this month, with last year's victor Cristiano Ronaldo aiming to collect the prize for a record sixth-time after Lionel Messi was omitted for the first time since 2006.

At a ceremony in London, Modric was handed the prize from Federation Internationale de Football Association president Gianni Infantino and gave a superb speech - congratulating both Salah and Ronaldo, thanking his teammates from both club and country, his family and all those who voted for him.

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.

Brazil and Orlando Pride forward Marta won the award for the best female player for the sixth time.

Messi is not among the three finalists of this year's The Best FIFA Men's Player award, and he will not head to London for personal reasons.

Ronaldo, who left Madrid in the offseason to join Italian champion Juventus, was knocked out of the World Cup in the round of 16 with European champion Portugal.




Messi's solitary World Cup goal against Nigeria and Ronaldo's spectacular overhead kick against his future employers in the Champions League quarter-finals are two of 10 goals on the shortlist, also including Gareth Bale's acrobatic strike for Real in the Champions League final.

'We are all football lovers and we know Modric is an incredible player'.

Meanwhile, Didier Deschamps won Men's Coach of the Year ahead of Croatia's Zlatko Dalić and Zinedine Zidane.

Salah didn't leave empty-handed, picking up the Puskas Award for his goal in the Merseyside derby in December 2017.

Thibaut Courtois won the best goalkeeper award for helping Belgium reach the World Cup semi-finals as well as the FA Cup with Chelsea before a summer move to Madrid.

German forward Lennart Thy won the fair play award after missing a game for Dutchside VVV-Venlo to help a leukemia patient.


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