Modric ends Ronaldo, Messi FIFA Award dominance

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France's coach Didier Deschamps (C), victor of the Best FIFA Men's Coach of 2018 Award, is flanked by Orlando Pride and Brazil forward Marta (R) and Real Madrid and Croatia midfielder Luka Modric (L) winners of the Best FIFA Women's and Men's Player of 2018 Award, as they pose for a photograph with their trophies during The Best FIFA Football Awards ceremony, in London.

Mohamed Salah has won the 2018 Puskas Award for a superb solo effort for Liverpool in a Merseyside derby against Everton.

Voting is now closed and whilst other awards have last minute changes, it is not the case for The Best, where an external company verifies results to ensure that there is no undue influences.

The Best FIFA Goalkeeper was a new award for 2017 and was first won by Gianluigi Buffon.

Brazil's Marta collected her sixth women's player of the year award, but her first since 2010 after finishing as runner-up on three occasions during the intervening years, while former Chelsea keeper Thibaut Courtois was named goalkeeper of the year.

NAIJ.com earlier reported that Liverpool superstar Mohamed Salah has been crowned the Federation Internationale de Football Association best goal of the season.

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"I just want to thank all the people that voted for me for their support and continue as I have until now".

France World Cup winning coach Didier Deschamps won the coach of the year for men, while Reynald Pedros was crowned the women's best coach of the year for guiding Lyon women's team to the double with Champions League and league successes. Looking forward for another award tonight!'

On receiving the award, Salah said: 'I am very happy and very proud.

Real Madrid's Belgium global Thibaut Courtois won the Goalkeeper of the Year Award.

Modric went on to thank his family, fans who voted for him, and Zvonimir Boban, the captain of the Croatian 1998 World Cup team that achieved a third-place finish in France, calling him his "footballing idol".

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