The voting for the award was done by coaches, team captains and media men from FIFA nations – the award which took place on Monday at Royal Festival Hall in London, saw Modric beat Juventus’ gems Cristiano Ronaldo and Liverpool’s talisman, Mohamed Salah to pick the coveted prize.
Just like in the UEFA award, it was the first time, there is a new name on The Best FIFA Men’s Player trophy. Cristiano Ronaldo won the previous two awards.
Modric has shown the world that he deserved a place at the podium due to his outstanding display at the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia with Croatia and with Real Madrid at the UEFA Champion League.
The Croatian was the metronomic lynchpin at the heart of Los Blancos midfield throughout the 2017/18 campaign. As FIFA.com noted “Modric’s tireless running, key goals and outstanding leadership qualities helped guide Croatia to the final against France, his nation’s finest performance at the global finals.”
While Lennart took home the FIFA Fair Play Award, Brazilian Marta was named The Best FIFA Women’s Player.
All the FIFA Best are:
Men’s Player: Luka Modric
Women’s Player: Marta
Men’s Coach: Didier Deschamps
Women’s Coach: Reynald Pedros
Goalkeeper: Thibaut Courtois
Puskás Award: Mo Salah
Fan Award: Peru supporters
Fair Play Award: Lennart Thy
World 11: David De Gea; Dani Alves, Marcelo, Sergio Ramos, Raphael Varane; Eden Hazard, N’Golo Kante, Luka Modric; Cristiano Ronaldo, Kylian Mbappe, Lionel Messi.