Real Madrid and Croatia playmaker Luka Modric has now ended 10 years reign of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi winning the world’s top award.
Modric, Ronaldo and Mohamed Salah were the final three on the FIFA long list. But Croatia midfielder Modric has beaten the duo to be named The Best FIFA Men’s Player of the year 2018.
Modric received 29.05% of the vote beating Ronaldo in second with 19.08%; while Salah, who is the third has collected 11.23%.
French young forward Kylian Mbappe has received 10.52% while Messi has come in fifth with 9.81%.
The 33-year-old has enjoyed an excellent season for club and country as he helped Real Madrid to win the UEFA Champions League and Croatia to reach the World Cup final.
After picking up the award Modric said: “It is a great honour and a beautiful feeling to stand here with this amazing trophy. First of all, I would like to congratulate Mohamed and Cristiano.”
“I am sure in the future you will have another opportunity to fight for this trophy.”
“This award is not just mine. It is my teammates from Real Madrid and Croatia. Without my coaches, I would not have won this. Without my family, I would not be the player I am today.”
“Thanks to my fans for all the great support and love they are showing me. It means a lot. Thanks to those who voted for me.”
“I would just like to mention my footballing idol and former 1998 Croatia captain. He was my big inspiration and that team gave us belief we could create something in Russia.”
“This award shows that we can all become the best with hard work and dedication. All your dreams can come true.”
The full list of FIFA Awards:
The Best Fifa Men’s Player: Luka Modric
Luka Modric (Real Madrid & Croatia)
The Best Fifa Women’s Player: Marta
Marta (Orlando Pride & Brazil)
The Best Fifa Women’s Coach: Reynald Pedros
Reynald Pedros (Lyon)
The Fifa Fan Award: Peru Supporters
Peru supporters – World Cup
The Fifa Fair Play Award: Lennart Thy
The Fifa Puskas Award (best goal): Mohamed Salah
Mohamed Salah (Liverpool vs Everton)
The Best Fifa Men’s Coach: Didier Deschamps
Didier Deschamps (France)
The Fifa Goalkeeper Award: Thibaut Courtois
Thibaut Courtois (Belgium & Real Madrid)
FIFA FIFPro World XI:
David De Gea, Dani Alves, Raphael Varane, Sergio Ramos, Marcelo, Luka Modric, N’Golo Kante, Eden Hazard, Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe, Cristiano Ronaldo.