Luka Modric is nominated the men’s player of the year, beating Christiano Ronaldo and Mo Salah.
He was named the FIFA men’s player of the year at the ceremony in London, Ronaldo who reportedly is absent at the ceremony had been the one who won the award for the past two years but Modric’s 2017/18 season came beating Cristiano’s dominance.
The 33-year-old Modric from Croatia won his 3 champions league trophy with Real Madrid in may and led his country to their first ever world cup final in Russia and was awarded the golden ball for his outstanding performance.
“It’s a great honor and beautiful feeling to stand here with this trophy,” he said.
“I would like to give congratulations to Mohamed and Cristiano for the great season that they had. I am sure in the future you will have another opportunity to fight for this.”
“This trophy is not just mine. It is for my Real Madrid team-mates, the Croatia national team, and all my coaches. This is also for my family, without who I would not be the player I am,” the 33 years old Modric said in his speech dedicating his trophy to the Croatian and Madrid teammates.
Modrics win shows that there has been a shift from Lionel Messi and Christiano Ronaldo who have been sharing the awards for the past decades for the FIFA individual award.
Other winners included Thibaut Courtois for the Best Goalkeeper, Best Women’s Player award went to the Brazilian and Orlando player Marta.
Best Men’s Coach went to French national team coach Didier Deschamps, and Reynald Pedros won the Best Women’s Coach award for his work which led Lyon to their 5th Champions League title.
The Fifa Fan Award went to Peru’s supporters after appearing at a World Cup for the first time in 36 years.
Congratulations to Luka Modric, Marta and all the other award winners.
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