Luka Modric Beats Cristiano Ronaldo To Win BEST MALE FIFA PLAYER
Luka Modric was named the world’s best male player at the Best Fifa Football Awards in London.
The Real Madrid midfielder, 33, beat former team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo, now with Juventus, and Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah to the award.
Modric won his third Champions League title in a row in May and guided Croatia to their first World Cup final in July.
So here’s the nine awards being handed out tonight:
Fifa Puskas Award – Mohammed Salah of Egypt and Liverpool
Fifa Best Men’s Player – Croatia Real Madrid Luka Modric
Fifa Best Men’s Coach – Didier Deschamps of France
Fifa Best Goalkeeper – Spanish and Real Madrid Thibaut Courtois
Fifa Best Women’s Player – Brazillian Marta
Fifa Best Women’s Coach – Reynald Pedros of Lynos
Fifa Fan Award – Peru
Fifa Fair Play Award – Lennart Thy
Fifa Pro World XI
FifPro XI: Eden Hazard (Chelsea), Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain), Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus) Luka Modric (Real Madrid), N’Golo Kante (Chelsea), David de Gea (Manchester United), Dani Alves (Paris Saint-Germain), Raphael Varane (Real Madrid), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Marcelo (Real Madrid)
In his reaction to the Male Player of the year, Luka Modric said:
“It is an amazing feeling. I feel so proud and honoured. It is a special night for me and a special moment in my career. It is a day to enjoy.
“This recognition that I am receiving from everyone is for me the most important thing. There is no prize for this.
“It is something really special and I am thankful to those who are there behind me and supporting me. So thank you!
On winning more awards: “We will see. I am not thinking about it now. I am just so happy that I have this award. There are so many great players in the world.
“It makes you feel proud and that your work is paying off. With this, all my dreams came true.”
Mohammed Salah who won the Puskas Awards reacts thus:
Mohamed Salah was not included in the FifPro World XI and was pipped to the Men’s Best award by Luka Modric but he did win the Puskas Award.
“I’m sure it is not the last nomination because I always want to be better than last season.
“My favourite goal was the one against Everton because it was my first derby, but all of them were very important.”
On playing for Egypt: “That was one of the best moments in my life and this is the dream for us as Egyptians, and human beings, to play at the World Cup.
“I’m sure I have a long time to play football.”
Best Keeper of the Year Thibaut Courtois react thus:
“I am really proud. I had a good year with Chelsea and in the World Cup I was in my best form so I really enjoyed it.
“A lot of people vote for in including experts who appreciate your quality and talent.”
Marta wins the Best Women’s Award
Brazilian Marta, who plays for the Orlando Pride, wins the Best Women’s Award!
She led Brazil to the Copa America in April, as they won all seven matches. She also grabbed 13 goals and six assists as Orlando Pride reached the NWSL play-off semi-finals in the United States.
Lennart Thy wins the Fair Play Award
Lennart Thy missed a game for VVV-Venlo against PSV Eindhoven to donate stem cells to try and help a Leukaemia patient.
Peru fans win the Fifa Fan Award
Peru’s fans are awarded the Fifa Fan Award. This accolade was voted purely by supporters.
Pedros wins Best Women’s Coach award
Reynald Pedros wins the award after a terrific season with Lyon!
Reynald Pedros (Lyon) – He saw his side to the French league and Champions League double. Lyon were unbeaten in the Division 1 Feminine and he also guided the team to the Coupe de France Feminine final.
Courtois wins Fifa Best Goalkeeper Award
Real Madrid keeper and former Chelsea shot-stopper Thibaut Courtois has won the Best Goalkeeper Award.
Deschamps wins Fifa Men’s Best Coach Award
Didier Deschamps is the winner!
He led France to their second World Cup title this summer
Salah wins Fifa Puskas Award
Mohamed Salah wins the Fifa Puskas Award for his goal against Everton.