Luka Modric wins Fifa Best Player 2018 Award

Luka Modric wins Fifa Best Player 2018 Award

Luka Modric wins Fifa Best Player 2018 Award

Most telling from the list of votes was the fact that Messi, who ended up fifth in the overall standings, found space for Ballon d'Or nemesis Ronaldo in third place, behind Modric and PSG's Kylian Mbappe.

Modric, 33, said he would happily give up his individual honours for the World Cup title.

However, the awardees were selected based on voting from national team coaches and captains as well as a number of journalists. Without them, this would not be possible'. "For all the coaches that I have played for".

Messi and Ronaldo skipped the ceremony at London's Royal Festival Hall and sent no messages of congratulations to Modric on their social media accounts, which have hundreds of millions of followers.

Modric has become the first player other than Messi or Ronaldo to claim the Federation Internationale de Football Association award since Ricardo Kaka lifted it in 2007.

The midfielder won the Golden Ball award for the best player in the World Cup after their final defeat by France.

"We all know that being a coach, alone we can't do anything", said Deschamps.

"It's what I've worked so hard for".

Marta has been named the Best FIFA Women's Player ahead of Lyon duo Ada Hegerberg and Dzsenifer Marozsan.

"I don't want to enter into the debate of whether it is deserved or not", he said.

"It is good to see women's soccer grow each year. He's like my assistant in the field and I really appreciate Luka Modric for everything this guy did this year and he deserves everything".

"The goals are important, especially players like Cristiano and Messi are apart from this world".

For a sixth straight season, Ronaldo was the Champions League's top scorer with 15 goals and also scored four times at the World Cup, including a hat-trick against Spain in a thrilling 3-3 draw to open Portugal's campaign.

The presence of the Argentine and Portuguese aces at the award ceremony has been in the headlines days before the gala as a FIFA football award show without two of the greatest players in football history sounds ridiculous.

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