Croatian professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Spanish club Real Madrid Luka Modric has been named Best FIFA Men’s Player of the Year at a ceremony in London, beating Mohammed Salah and an absentee Cristiano Ronaldo to the top prize.
The captain of the Croatia national team who was crowned UEFA Player of the Year last month and has now also lifted the prestigious Best FIFA Men’s Player award, ended the 10-year reign of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi at the FIFA awards.
33-year-old Luka Modric who was voted Player of the Tournament in Russia as well as at the FIFA Club World Cup – with the latter one of his four trophies in addition to the UEFA Champions League, the UEFA Super Cup and the Supercopa de Espana, was in fine form last season and lifted four trophies with Real Madrid, while he also led his country to their first ever FIFA World Cup final.
With this win, Luka Modric became the first player other than Ronaldo and Messi to lift FIFA’s The Best award since Ricardo Kaka won it in 2007, ending the 10-year reign of the superstar duo.
Ronaldo had won four of the last five editions of the award but only ended up in second place this time around, which means the Portugal captain and his long-term rival Messi both stayed on five FIFA The Best awards – with the award known as FIFA Ballon d’Or between 2010 and 2016, while before 2010 it was called FIFA World Player of the Year.
On the other hand, Egyptian star and Liverpool attacker, Mohamed Salah won The Puskas Award for best goal at FIFA’s The Best Awards in London. The 26-year-old claimed the gong for his strike against Everton, which saw him wriggle past three defenders before curling home, while Gareth Bale‘s overhead kick in the Champions League final missed out
On receiving the award, Salah said:
‘I am very happy and very proud. I have to thank everyone who for voted me.’
Here is the video of the goal below;