Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric was named Best Fifa Men’s Footballer of the Year 2018 beat Ronaldo and Liverpool’s Egyptian forward Mohamed Salah to the prize at a ceremony in London Ending Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi’s decade-long domination of football.
The 33-year-old Croatian won his third Champions League trophy with Real Madrid and he inspired Croatia to reach the World Cup final for the first time.
At Luka Modric run to the final was the culmination of a brilliant career for him that had often been overshadowed by Ronaldo’s goalscoring in their time together in the Spanish capital, before the Portuguese left for Juventus in July.
Thibaut Courtois won the best goalkeeper award for helping Belgium reach the World Cup semi-finals as well as the FA Cup with Chelsea before a summer move to Madrid.
Orlando Pride player Marta was named Best Women’s Player.
Best Men’s Coach went to French national team coach Didier Deschamps, and Reynald Pedros won the Best Women’s Coach award for his work leading Lyon to their fifth Champions League title. The Fifa Fan Award went to Peru’s supporters after the country appeared at a World Cup for the first time in 36 years with Germany’s Lennart Thy winning the Fifa Fair Play Award
Lyon boss Reynald Pedros did win the award for best women’s coach, though, after winning the Champions League with the French giants.
Modric dedicated the award to his Croatian and Madrid teammates.
He said.”It’s a great honour and beautiful feeling to stand here with this trophy,”
“This trophy is not just mine. It is for my Real Madrid team-mates, the Croatia national team and all my coaches. This is also for my family, without who I would not be the player I am.”