Modric beats Ronaldo to FIFA The Best award

Modric beats Ronaldo to FIFA The Best award

Modric beat off competition from Egypt and Liverpool's Mohamed Salah and his former teammate and Portuguese captain Cristiano Ronaldo.

Deschamps won the trophy ahead of former club and worldwide team-mate Zinedine Zidane - who won his third successive Champions League title before resigning as Real Madrid manager - and Croatia manager Zlatko Dalic, whose side lost to France in a thrilling final in Moscow.

'It was the best season of my life, I'm very happy to be here tonight, ' Modric said on the red carpet.

Peru's supporters won the FIFA Fan Award and German Lennart Thy, who plays for Turkish club BB Erzurumspor, won the FIFA Fair Play Award after donating stem cells to help a leukaemia patient. "A player has to show with his attitude and actions, because they are a model for the world".

Ronaldo's blast was marked for the improbable levitation achieved by the striker from distance, while Bale's broke open a tense 1-1 draw in the second half of the Champions League final against Liverpool.

In addition to the top player award, Salah's curling, left-footed strike in an October 12, 2017 match against Everton won the Puskas Award for the best goal. Though a female has yet to win the award, Irish professional Stephanie Roche was shortlisted to the top three in 2014.

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Messi, despite not going, is likely to be including in the FIFpro XI for the year. Modric was joined by Sergio Ramos, Ronaldo and Marcelo.

It's the first time since 2006 that Barcelona icon Lionel Messi has not been among the candidates for FIFA's top award, and also the first time someone else won the award outside Messi or Ronaldo.

"I also want to thank my idol, the captain of the Croatia 1998 [World Cup] team and my great inspiration, Zvonimir Boban, who gave us the inspiration that we could do great things in Russian Federation".

Lyon's triumph was recognised in the Best Women's Coach award section, however.

"The birth of the Ballon d'Or Feminin is a step further for the evolution of our sport", she told France Football, as per Goal.

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