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

Two new additions to France Football's Ballon d'Or for 2018

Two new additions to France Football's Ballon d'Or for 2018

Croatia captain Luka Modrić has capped off an wonderful year by winning The Best FIFA Men's Player for 2018 at a ceremony in London on Monday night.

This year marks the third edition of the annual ceremony, with Federation Internationale de Football Association gathering the biggest names in the sport's past and present to hand out its awards for the past year.

The prolific forward was on target for his team in their 2-0 win against Frosinone on Sunday evening, and will remain with his club to prepare for Wednesday night's game against Bologna.

Messi's solitary World Cup goal against Nigeria and Ronaldo's spectacular overhead kick against his future employers in the Champions League quarter-finals are two of 10 goals on the shortlist, also including Gareth Bale's acrobatic strike for Real in the Champions League final.

Modric believes he had the standout year of his career, winning the Champions League with Madrid and captaining Croatia to the final of the World Cup.

And most neutrals were left baffled after Salah was left out of Fifa's FifPro XI, meaning that the Reds forward was considered to be in the top three players in the world in one category but not in the top XI in the world in another.

Messi and Ronaldo were the only winners of world football's main individual award from FIFA in various guises since 2008, both winning five titles each. It is for my Real Madrid team-mates, the Croatia national team and all my coaches.

France Football magazine chief editor Pascal Ferre poses with the Golden Ball during a interview with The Associated Press
France Football magazine chief editor Pascal Ferre poses with the Golden Ball during a interview with The Associated Press

Deschamps won the trophy ahead of former club and global 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.

Modric also went on to receive the UEFA Men's Player of the Year award.

The ceremony kicks off at 7:30pm local time in London (18:30 GMT).

"The first thing I want say is congratulations to [Mohamed] Salah and Cristiano [Ronaldo] for their great seasons".

Modric beat Cristiano Ronaldo and Mo Salah to claim the top prize.

Best Women's coach: Reynald Pedros, coach of Lyonnais Féminin - who won the French league and the Women's Champions League last season - picks up the award.

Meanwhile, Belgium's Thibaut Courtois added the Federation Internationale de Football Association goalkeeper award to the Golden Glove he collected in Russia for helping his side to third place with three clean sheets.

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