Modric Named World's Best, Ends Ronaldo-Messi Reign

Adjust Comment Print

Luka Modric broke a decade of award dominance by Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi after being crowned world footballer of the year by Federation Internationale de Football Association on Monday.

The 33-year-old was voted Player of the Tournament in Russian Federation 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.

Modric enjoyed arguably the best year of his career as he won a third consecutive Champions League trophy - before reaching the World Cup final with Croatia.

Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah has won the FIFA Puskas Award for his goal against Everton in the Merseyside Derby on December 10th, 2017.

Modrić beat finalists Cristiano Ronaldo and Mohamed Salah to win the prestigious award for the first time.

Fifa's "The Best" awards ceremony took place on Monday night and, as usual, there was plenty of room for debate when all was said and done.

"Maybe they've won too much and have [too great] a dislike of losing".

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.

Patriots Almost Traded Rob Gronkowski To Lions In Offseason
The deal was thwarted when Gronkowski threatened to retire if he was shipped off to Motown. Gronkowski, 29, has nine catches for 138 yards a touchdown this season.

He also won the UEFA Men's Player of the Year award - beating Ronaldo and Salah in the process.

"I have to thank everyone who for voted me".

In the final category, for best support, fans of Peru, Chilean side Sebastian Carrera, and national team fans of Japan and Senegal together, will see which of the trio will come out on top.

The Matildas are now ranked eighth in the world, but went unbeaten in the Tournament of Nations last month and will take on France next week as they prepare for next year's FIFA Women's World Cup.

Germany manager Joachim Low, speaking to BBC Sport before the awards were announced: "All the players who are nominated are very, very good".

The award were presented at this season's Champions League group-stage draw.

Top honors for men and women players and coaches were decided by a process that assigned four equal weights to the votes of fans, media, national team coaches and national team captains.