Luka Modric wins Federation Internationale de Football Association award for best men's player

Two new additions to France Football's Ballon d'Or for 2018

Two new additions to France Football's Ballon d'Or for 2018

Modric becomes the first Croatian player to win the award after an outstanding year for club and country.

Luka Modric has broken a decade of award dominance by Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi after being crowned world footballer of the year by Federation Internationale de Football Association, while Marta won the women's award for a sixth time.

Modric was voted Fifa's best player in the 2017-18 season after winning the Champions League for a fourth time in five seasons with Real Madrid and leading Croatia to their first World Cup final where they lost to France.

The Egyptian striker picked the ball up on the edge of the Everton box, breaking free of his marker before curling a left-footed strike into the top corner.

Federation Internationale de Football Association made five changes to the side selected in 2017.

Argentina and Barcelona forward Messi was snubbed for the top-three of the Men's Award which consists of Ronaldo (Juventus and Portugal), Mohamed Salah (Liverpool and Egypt) and Luka Modric (Real Madrid and Croatia). Real Madrid's summer recruit Thibaut Courtois will also attend the event, and is nearly certain to receive the Golden Glove.

France Football magazine chief editor Pascal Ferre poses with the Golden Ball during a interview with The Associated Press
France Football magazine chief editor Pascal Ferre poses with the Golden Ball during a interview with The Associated Press

"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.

Speaking at the awards ceremony, Salah said: "I am very happy and very proud".

The 33-year-old, joined Juventus this summer for a club record £100 million deal, after playing a crucial role in helping Real Madrid win a third straight Champions League title last season, his fifth in total, with 15 goals in the tournament.

This prize has been welcomed by France global Wendy Renard, who plays for Lyon and is a Champions League victor.

Best men's Coach: Men's Coach award was won by World Cup victor Didier Deschamps, he was presented the award by compatriot and former Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger.

It's one of the new additions announced by France Football this week. All the coaches I have played for, without them this would not be possible, thank you to them. This trophy is not just mine but for all my teammates from Real Madrid, my Croatia national teammates, my coaches and my family.




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