Real Madrid midfielder, Luka Modric, was on Monday crowned FIFA’s Men’s world Best Player of the Year, ending Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo decade-long domination of the award.
The Croatian midfielder was given the award because of his outstanding performance during Champions League Finals and how he inspired his country to reach the World Cup final for the first time.
Modric beats now Juventus player, Ronaldo and Egypt’s Mohamed Salah to the prize. The success means the former Real Madrid player remain tied with the Barcelona player having won FIFA’s award in different guises five times each.
At 33, Croatia reaching Finals was as a result of a brilliant career for Modric that had always been overshadowed by Ronaldo’s goalscoring in their time together in Real Madrid.
The Croatian scored twice and also netted in penalty shootout wins over Russia and Denmark, it was also his performance that caught the eye in winning the Golden Ball for the best player at the World Cup.
Modric said, “This is the best season of my life, it was an unbelievable.
“I’m still not realising how good a year I had collectively, individually, and I’m very proud for everything I achieved this year and it will be remembered forever.”
The Former world best player, Ronaldo, for sixth straight season was the Champions League highest Goal scorer with 15 goals. He also scored four times at the World Cup, including hat-trick against Spain in a 3-3 draw.
For the first time in 12years, Messi the finalist, as Salah dominated 3rd place after scoring 44 goals last season and carried Liverpool to Finals against the Spanish side.
The now FIFA world best player was joined by Real team-mates Raphael Varane, Marcelo and Sergio Ramos in the FIFPro team of the year, featuring Dani Alves, David De Gea, Eden Hazard, Kylian Mbappe, N’Golo Kante, Ronaldo and Messi.
The best coach of the award award was won by France’s World Cup-winning coach, Didier Deschamps, I’m recognition for his work in leading Les Bleus to success in Russia.
Deschamps became the third man to win the World Cup as a coach and player, beat off competition from Dalic and his former national team mate Zinedine Zidane, who won his three consecutive Champions League title with Real Madrid before resigning in June.
Former Chelsea Goalkeeper, Thibaut Courtois won the best goalkeeper award for helping Belgium reached Semi-finals as well as the FA Cup with Chelsea before his move to Madrid.
Brazil’s Marta was crowned best women’s player of the year for a record sixth time which she helped her team to win the Copa America to beat out Lyon duo Ada Hegerberg and Dzsenifer Marozsan.