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

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

Messi, meanwhile, claimed four Ballons d'Or as well as one FIFA World Player of the Year honour.

Fabio Capello says Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi's absence at FIFA's The Best awards showed a lack of respect from the pair.

Dani Alves completes the line-up, despite the Paris Saint-Germain right-back starting just 23 Ligue 1 games last season and missing the World Cup through injury.

Modric went on to thank his family, fans who voted for him, and Zvonimir Boban, the captain of the Croatian 1998 World Cup team that achieved a third-place finish in France, calling him his "footballing idol". It is my team mates' from Real Madrid and Croatia.

"First of all I would like to congratulate Mohamed and Cristiano", said Modric.

"It was an unbelievable season, the best season of my life", the 32-year-old said before the event.

With no Cristiano in London, the bets are on Luka Modric having won the Champions League with Real Madrid and reached the World Cup final with Croatia, only to be beaten despite his spectacular performance.

While Luka Modric, who scoped the top prize, and Mohamed Salah attended, their rivals were rebuked by several top figures for their absence.

It's surprising that while two Chelsea players were included, record-breaking Premier League champions Manchester City's players were omitted.




"I would like to thank those who voted for me".

Salah earned the award - amid widespread disbelief - for his goal against Everton in December 2017. "For all the coaches that I have played for".

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.

Bizarrely, Thibaut Courtois won the Goalkeeper of the Year prize but wasn't selected in the team of the year.

Ronaldo didn't travel to the ceremony, which was held at the Royal Festival Hall in London.

A list of 15 nominees will be selected by France Football and a panel of worldwide journalists will vote on a victor.

Brazil great Marta won The Best Women's player of the year award.

The Liverpool player's goal against Merseyside rivals, Everton, in the Premier League was adjudged the best goal and victor of the Puskas Award.


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