Luka Modric Beats Ronaldo & Salah to Win FIFA Player of The Year
Host Idris Elba, center, poses with the 11 players of the top team with players David De Gea, Dani Alves, Marcelo, Sergio Ramos, Raphael Varane, Eden Hazard, N’Golo Kante, Luka Modric, Cristiano Ronaldo, Kylian Mbappe and Lionel Messi during the ceremony of the Best FIFA Football Awards.
Host Idris Elba, center, poses with the 11 players of the top team with players David De Gea, Dani Alves, Marcelo, Sergio Ramos, Raphael Varane, Eden Hazard, N’Golo Kante, Luka Modric, Cristiano Ronaldo, Kylian Mbappe and Lionel Messi during the ceremony of the Best FIFA Football Awards.(Photo: AP)

Luka Modric Beats Ronaldo & Salah to Win FIFA Player of The Year

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  • Luka Modric beat finalists Cristiano Ronaldo and Mo Salah to be voted the FIFA Player of the Year.
  • Modric won the Champions League with Real Madrid in May and helped Croatia reach the FIFA World Cup final in July.
  • Brazilian forward Marta won the women’s award for a sixth time.

Luka Modric broke a decade of award dominance by Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi to be crowned the world footballer of the year by FIFA on Monday.

Brazil’s 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 its first World Cup final where it lost to France.

Messi and Ronaldo were the only winners of world soccer's main individual award from FIFA in various guises since 2008, both winning five titles each.

Messi didn't make the three-man shortlist and skipped the trip to London. And as a new dawn in FIFA's awards history broke inside London's Royal Festival Hall, Ronaldo also didn't turn up at the ceremony to be dethroned in person by his former Real Madrid teammate despite being in the final three alongside Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah.

Brazil’s Marta, France’s Didier Deschamps and Croatia’s Luka Modric pose during the ceremony of the Best FIFA Football Awards in the Royal Festival Hall in London.
Brazil’s Marta, France’s Didier Deschamps and Croatia’s Luka Modric pose during the ceremony of the Best FIFA Football Awards in the Royal Festival Hall in London.
(Photo: AP)

Ronaldo, who left Madrid in the offseason to join Italian champion Juventus, was knocked out of the World Cup in the round of 16 with European champion Portugal. Salah scored a record 32 goals in a 38-game English Premier League and helped Liverpool reach its first Champions League final in 11 years.

At 1.72 meters (5-foot-8), Modric was doubted early in his career because of his height.

"These things were not a burden, they only further motivated me," Modric said at the World Cup. "You don't have to be a strapping lad to play football."

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FIFA Women’s Player of the Year: Marta

Marta won her first FIFA player of the year award since 2010 after leading Brazil to Copa America Femenina glory. She also scored 13 goals as Orlando Pride reached the NWSL playoffs.

She beat Ada Hegerberg, Dzsenifer Marozsan to the top honours.

Brazil’s Marta receives the Best FIFA Women’s player award during the ceremony of the Best FIFA Football Awards in the Royal Festival Hall in London
Brazil’s Marta receives the Best FIFA Women’s player award during the ceremony of the Best FIFA Football Awards in the Royal Festival Hall in London
(Photo: AP)

FIFA World Team of The Year

FIFA’s pick for the World XI of the year did not feature one of the finalists for the ‘Player of the Year’ title, Mo Salah. In fact, despite being named the Goal-keeper of the Year, even Thibaut Courtois was missing from the line-up as well.

Goalkeeper: David De Gea (Spain, Manchester United)

Defenders: Dani Alves (Brazil, Paris Saint-Germain), Raphael Varane (France, Real Madrid). Sergio Ramos (Spain, Real Madrid), Marcelo (Brazil, Real Madrid).

Midfielders: Luka Modric (Croatia, Real Madrid), N'Golo Kante (France, Chelsea), Eden Hazard (Belgium, Chelsea).

Forwards: Kylian Mbappe (France, Paris Saint-Germain), Lionel Messi (Argentina, Barcelona), Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal, Real Madrid/currently Juventus)

Host Idris Elba, center, poses with the players named in the FIFA World XI during the ceremony of the Best FIFA Football Awards in the Royal Festival Hall in London.
Host Idris Elba, center, poses with the players named in the FIFA World XI during the ceremony of the Best FIFA Football Awards in the Royal Festival Hall in London.
(Photo: AP)

Goal of The Year: Mo Salah

Mo Salah didn't leave the ceremony empty-handed, picking up the Puskas Award for his goal in the Merseyside derby in December 2017.

Salah's goal in Liverpool's 1-1 draw against Everton was a mixture of strength and footwork. Receiving a pass from right back Joe Gomez, Salah shrugged off Cuca Martina, twisted inside Idrissa Gueye, and curled a left-footed shot around Ashley Williams and into the top corner.

Egypt’s Mohamed Salah receives the FIFA Puskas award during the ceremony of the Best FIFA Football Awards.
Egypt’s Mohamed Salah receives the FIFA Puskas award during the ceremony of the Best FIFA Football Awards.
(Photo: AP)

FIFA Goalkeeper of the Year: Thibaut Courtois

Thibaut Courtois added the FIFA goalkeeper award to the Golden Glove he collected in Russia for helping Belgium to third place with three clean sheets.

The Real Madrid keeper beat Hugo Lloris and Kasper Schmeichel for the big award.

He was handed the trophy Edwin van der Sar.

Belgium’s Thibaut Courtois receives the Best FIFA Goalkeeper award from Dutch goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar, right, during the ceremony of the Best FIFA Football Awards.
Belgium’s Thibaut Courtois receives the Best FIFA Goalkeeper award from Dutch goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar, right, during the ceremony of the Best FIFA Football Awards.
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FIFA Coach of The Year: Didier Deschamps

France’s World Cup-winning coach Deschamps won the top coaching honors after becoming only the third man to win the World Cup as a player and coach.

He beat Zinedine Zidane and Zlatko Dalic to the trophy.

We are nothing without our players and I want to thank the whole team. They helped me get here tonight. I want to thank my staff, too.
Didier Deschamps
France’s Didier Deschamps receives the FIFA Men’s Coach award from Arsene Wenger, left, during the ceremony of the Best FIFA Football Awards.
France’s Didier Deschamps receives the FIFA Men’s Coach award from Arsene Wenger, left, during the ceremony of the Best FIFA Football Awards.
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The Red Carpet

Spain’s soccer player Sergio Ramos and his wife Pilar Rubio arrive for the ceremony of the Best FIFA Football Awards in the Royal Festival Hall in London, Britain, Monday, Sept. 24, 2018. 
Spain’s soccer player Sergio Ramos and his wife Pilar Rubio arrive for the ceremony of the Best FIFA Football Awards in the Royal Festival Hall in London, Britain, Monday, Sept. 24, 2018. 
(Photo: AP)
Spain’s Sergio Ramos greets Brazil’s Ronlado, right, as they arrive for the ceremony of the Best FIFA Football Awards in the Royal Festival Hall in London, Britain, Monday, Sept. 24, 2018. 
Spain’s Sergio Ramos greets Brazil’s Ronlado, right, as they arrive for the ceremony of the Best FIFA Football Awards in the Royal Festival Hall in London, Britain, Monday, Sept. 24, 2018. 
(Photo: AP)
England soccer team coach Gareth Southgate arrives for the ceremony of the Best FIFA Football Awards in the Royal Festival Hall in London, Britain, Monday, Sept. 24, 2018. 
England soccer team coach Gareth Southgate arrives for the ceremony of the Best FIFA Football Awards in the Royal Festival Hall in London, Britain, Monday, Sept. 24, 2018. 
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Croatia’s soccer star Luka Modric, nominee for the Best FIFA Men’s Player award, and his wife Vanja Bosnic, his son Ivano and his daughter Ema, arrive for the ceremony of the Best FIFA Football Awards in the Royal Festival Hall in London, Britain, Monday, Sept. 24, 2018.
Croatia’s soccer star Luka Modric, nominee for the Best FIFA Men’s Player award, and his wife Vanja Bosnic, his son Ivano and his daughter Ema, arrive for the ceremony of the Best FIFA Football Awards in the Royal Festival Hall in London, Britain, Monday, Sept. 24, 2018.
(Photo: AP)
Brazil’s soccer player Marcelo and his family arrive for the ceremony of the Best FIFA Football Awards in the Royal Festival Hall in London, Britain, Monday, Sept. 24, 2018. 
Brazil’s soccer player Marcelo and his family arrive for the ceremony of the Best FIFA Football Awards in the Royal Festival Hall in London, Britain, Monday, Sept. 24, 2018. 
(Photo: AP)
French soccer player Kylian Mbappe, left, and his father Wilfried arrive for the ceremony of the Best FIFA Football Awards in the Royal Festival Hall in London, Britain, Monday, Sept. 24, 2018. 
French soccer player Kylian Mbappe, left, and his father Wilfried arrive for the ceremony of the Best FIFA Football Awards in the Royal Festival Hall in London, Britain, Monday, Sept. 24, 2018. 
(Photo: AP)
Brazilian soccer player Dani Alves and his wife Joana Sanz arrive for the ceremony of the Best FIFA Football Awards in the Royal Festival Hall in London, Britain, Monday, Sept. 24, 2018
Brazilian soccer player Dani Alves and his wife Joana Sanz arrive for the ceremony of the Best FIFA Football Awards in the Royal Festival Hall in London, Britain, Monday, Sept. 24, 2018
(Photo: AP)

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